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Financing the Shift to a Sustainable Economy

Europe is continuing to cement itself as a leading sustainable finance market. Progress to adopt the key proposals of the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan is rapidly underway and investors are increasingly working to incorporate sustainability into their strategies and portfolios.

The Taskforce for Financial Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) is also pushing climate higher up the finance community agenda. But enormous efforts are still needed in the near-term future to reach the $100 billion/year global climate finance goal and to catalyse the $5-7 trillion required annually to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Who will you meet at the Sustainable Investment Forum?

Last year’s event attracted leading asset owners managing more than €3 trillion, as well as major asset managers, policymakers, banks, think-tanks and non-profit organisations.

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe hosted by Climate Action in partnership with UNEP Finance Initiative brings together investment professionals looking to drive the move to a sustainable and low-carbon economy.

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Key Themes

Investor Strategies

Learn about strategies ranging from engagement to impact investing

Climate Change

The route to investor alignment with global targets

SDGs

How are SDGS driving business and investor action

Implementation

What are examples of successful investor ESG integration?

EU Leadership

Progress driven by Sustainable Finance Action Plan

Physical Climate Risks

Reflecting risks in financial reporting

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2019 Featured Speakers

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Andreas Hallermeier

Chief Investment Officer, Sustainability Manager

Andreas Hallermeier was born in 1980 in Munich. After graduation from high school, Mr. Hallermeier did an apprenticeship as a bank clerk with Deutsche Bank. In 2007 he graduated in Economics at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. In 2008 he began his career as a Junior Portfoliomanager at the Bayerische Versorgungskammer, where he was responsible for the investments in “Emerging Markets Equities” and “Convertibles”. After the Financial Crisis he developed the ESG approach of the BVK and became Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer and BVK´s first Sustainability Manager in 2015. In 2011 he obtained the Certified European Financial Analyst CEFA and the Certified International Investment Analyst CIIA.

 

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Christian Lindstrøm Lage

CIO

Christian has a solid financial background from Scandinavian money and bond markets and is an experienced chief investment officer with strong references to the banking industry. Throughout his career, Christian has had a great focus on Strategic and Tactical Asset Allocation, Risk Premia & Derivative strategies, Asset Management and Liquidity Management. He is a strong and professional business developer with a new perspective on change management and strategy.

 

His educational background is from Copenhagen University and INSEAD.

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Diandra Soobiah

Head of Responsible Investment

Diandra Soobiah joined NEST in 2010 and is responsible for the delivery and implementation of NEST’s Responsible Investment approach. Diandra ensures NEST fulfils their role as a responsible steward of members’ assets in order to deliver the best financial outcomes for their members. She also ensures NEST’s investment approach factors in material environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. Diandra has 14 years investment experience, with companies including Nedgroup Investments and Russell Investments. She has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and French from Queen Mary’s University of London and has also passed CAIA level 1 and the IMC.

 

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Eva Halvarsson

CEO

Since 2006, Eva Halvarsson has acted as the CEO of the Second Swedish National Pension Fund — AP2. She heads up an organization with more than SEK 330 billion (approx. USD 36 billion) under management in virtually every asset class, and one that is active in all parts of the world; AP2 is one of northern Europe’s largest pension funds.

Ms. Halvarsson began her career as an accountant, progressing to the point that before joining AP2, she spent ten years working for the Swedish Government where she was responsible for the governance and management of the large and extensive portfolio of state owned companies.

Eva Halvarsson has had a distinguished and varied leadership career. She took part in the working group that put into effect the Swedish Corporate Governance Code in 2004. She also spent several years, serving on the Swedish Corporate Governance Board. Eva has been a board member of several large companies and has chaired the nomination committees of some of Sweden’s largest listed companies. She recently left after serving for ten years as the Deputy Chairperson of the board of the University of Gothenburg.

Presently, she is board member of the UN-PRI (the United Nation´s Principles for Responsible Investments), Vasakronan (the largest real estate company in Sweden), The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development and The Royal Swedish Opera. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of the Women Entrepreneur´s Opportunity Facility, the first-ever global finance facility dedicated exclusively to women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises.

Eva Halvarsson was born in 1962 and holds an MSc in Business and Economics from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

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Mario Nava

Director, DG FISMA

Mario Nava (born Milan, 1966) holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from
Bocconi University (1989), an MA from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1992) and a PhD in Public Finance from the London School of Economics (1996). Mario joined the European Commission in 1994 and held various senior positions. Since October 2018, he is the Director for “investment and
Company reporting” in the Financial Stability, Financial Services and
Capital Markets Union Directorate General. Prior to that, from 2016 to April
2018, he was Director of the “Financial system surveillance and crisis
management” Directorate and, from 2011 to 2016, Director of the
“Regulation and prudential supervision of financial institutions”.

Previously, he was Head of the “Banking and Financial Conglomerates”
Unit, of the Financial Markets Infrastructure Unit, a member of the Group of
Policy Advisers of the EU Commission President, Prof. Romano Prodi, and
a member of the Cabinet of the Competition Commissioner, Prof. Mario
Monti.

Alongside his current work, he is active in research and teaching. He is
currently Visiting Professor at Bocconi University (Milan) and at Solvay
Business School (Brussels) and has been teaching in several universities
in Europe and Latin America.

From April to September 2018 he also served as Chairman of CONSOB,
Italy’s financial markets supervisor.

 

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Patrick Uelfeti

Deputy CIO

Patrick Uelfeti is the deputy CIO of PUBLICA, the pension fund of the Swiss Government. His responsibilities include portfolio management, the selection and monitoring of external managers, and the development and implementation of the investment strategy.
Prior to joining PUBLICA Asset Management in 2010, Patrick held various senior positions in research at Clariden Leu, a Swiss private bank. He started his career as an economist for the US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
Patrick has completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Geneva and holds a Master of Science in Economics from HEC Lausanne and a Master of Advanced Studies in Environmental Technology and Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). He is a CFA charterholder, a lecturer at FHNW, member of the board of the Swiss Association for Responsible Investments, SVVK-ASIR and on the advisory board of Arkadiko Partners.

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Sebastien Lieblich

Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Solutions

Sebastien Lieblich is Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Solutions within the Research & Product Development team at MSCI. The Equity Solutions Group’s specific focus is centered on client-directed research and involves designing, developing and delivering services and products.

Mr. Lieblich specialized over the years in index construction and maintenance methodologies with a special focus on index rebalancing and market classification. He is also the chair of the MSCI Equity Index Committee and a regular member of MSCI Index Policy Committee.

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Vincent Hamelink

CIO

Vincent Hamelink serves as Chief Investment Officer and has ultimate responsibility for Candriam’s Investment Management team and strategies, a position he holds since April 2011. He is also member of Candriam’s Group Strategic Committee.

Vincent joined BNP Paribas (which became Cordius Asset Management in 1996) in 1994 as Financial Analyst and became Fund Manager in 1995. He was appointed Head of Fixed Income of Cordius Asset Management in 1997. After the merger into Dexia AM (which became Candriam in 2014) he held the position of Global Head of Fixed Income before becoming Chief Investment Officer for Traditional Asset Management first, and then on a global basis. It is notably under Vincent’s guidance that Candriam developed and strengthened its expertise in responsible investment. This expertise now represents more than a quarter of the company’s assets under management.

Vincent holds a Master’s degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences and a Master’s degree in Fiscal Sciences. He is a CFA Charter holder since 2001.

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Willem Schramade

Fund Manager NN (L) Global Equity Impact Opportunities

Willem Schramade is a fund manager guided by conviction; he has been involved in Sustainable Finance for a long time.
Within NN Investment Partners, he manages the NN (L) Global Equity Impact Opportunities fund. Previously, he was analyst at Robeco, with a specialization on the impact of sustainability criteria on equity valuation. He also worked at PwC as a valuation consultant.
In parallel, he teaches sustainable finance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he obtained a PhD in corporate finance in 2006.
Willem is also writing and contributing to high level publications, his most recent one was in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance entitled Bridging Sustainability and Finance: The Value Driver Adjustment Approach.

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Discussing driving the move to a sustainable and low-carbon economy.
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Attendees represent nations all across the globe with a big focus on Europe and north America
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