12 March 2019

Financing the shift to a sustainable economy

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.

Gathering decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks

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.


Key Themes

Investor Strategies

Learn about strategies ranging from engagement to impact investing

Climate Change

The route to investor alignment with global targets


How are SDGS driving business and investor action


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


Featured Speakers

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.


Andrew Steel

Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance

Andrew has over 30 years of experience as a global risk and finance specialist and was recently appointed to lead a new cross sector global team to develop and expand Fitch’s analysis of ESG and sustainable finance. Andrew is responsible for developing Fitch’s sustainable finance strategy, both within the ratings business and across the broader Fitch group, by determining investor and banker needs, and driving the development of new teams to provide products and services for this rapidly growing area. Initially the sustainable finance team is based in London, New York and Beijing, but will expand in size, scope and location dependent on identified constituent needs.
Andrew has held several senior management roles within Fitch over the last 14 years. In Europe from 2004 to 2010 he ran the energy, utilities, project finance and regulated transportation analytical groups. From 2010 to 2017 he was based in Singapore and led the development of Fitch’s Asia Pacific Corporate Ratings Group. Then on his return to Europe in 2017 he was regional head of Fitch’s EMEA Corporate Ratings Group, and also successfully ran a global executive project to transform and improve Fitch’s overseas office network.
From 2000 to 2004, Andrew was head of ABN Amro’s structured industry finance, power and utilities group for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also previously worked for Edison Capital Europe as a private equity investment director in infrastructure, for the energy company PowerGen plc (now EON) as a senior project finance manager, and in the banking sector as a mezzanine, leveraged buy-out and cross-border M&A lender and advisor.
From 2006-2010 Andrew actively assisted the United Nation’s Economic Council for Europe advising on energy and risk issues, and was a member of the UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Sustainable Energy Developments. Andrew speaks regularly at conferences and forums on a wide range of risk based issues. He is currently a trustee of the Great Ormand Street Hospital based children’s charity CLEFT.
Andrew graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology from Bristol University in 1989, and has a postgraduate diploma from INSEAD business school (CGEM 2016).

Eva Halvarsson


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.

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé


Naïm is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Candriam and Chairman of New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM) International. Within these roles, he relies on a more than 25-year experience in asset management.
He joined Candriam (formerly Dexia Asset Management) in 1996 where he was a member of the Executive Committee, responsible for Alternative Investments, until the end of 2006 before his appointment to Chief Executive Officer in January 2007.
He became a Vice Chairman of NYLIM International in February 2014 when Candriam was acquired by New York Life until his appointment to Chairman of NYLIM International in September 2015.
Previously, he was a member of the Management Board and responsible for the Investment Management and Derivatives department at UBS Asset Management France and Alfi Gestion.
Mr. Abou-Jaoudé started his career as a partner at Transoptions Finance (subsidiary of Crédit Agricole).
He is a member of the Board of several asset management industry bodies in Europe. He is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (IEP-Sciences Po) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Université Paris II – Panthéon Assas.

Olivier Rousseau

Executive director

Olivier Rousseau is executive director at Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR), France’s pension reserve fund, where he also chairs the asset manager selection committee. Before joining FRR in 2011, he was attached to the French Embassy in Sweden as an economic advisor, a position he took up after two years on the board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Rousseau began his career at the French Treasury, eventually joining BNP Paribas where he spent 11 years working in international banking and finance in Paris, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney offices. He graduated from the French National School of Administration (ENA) in 1986. He also holds a degree in political sciences and master degrees in law and economics from the University of Aix-en-Provence.

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.

Peter Borgdorff

Managing Director

Peter Borgdorff is a seasoned executive who is widely recognised as an authority on pensions. He has spent most of his career in the world of social partners where he is seen as influential. In his current role Peter is managing director of the second largest pension fund in the Netherlands (2.6 million members and €206,6 billion AUM), whose pension fund administration and asset management are outsourced to PGGM.
Since 2014 Peter Borgdorff is chairman of the supervisory board of KAS BANK. Borgdorff is executive lecturer at Nyenrode Business University and member of the supervisory board of NIBUD (National Institute for Family Finance Information).

Stanislas Pottier

Chief Responsible Investment Officer

Stanislas Pottier graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1994 and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe), in 1989. He started his career at the French Ministry of Finance, in 1994, worked as Economist at the World Bank, in Washington DC, between 1998 and 2000, before coming back to the French Ministry of Finance, Trade and Treasury Department, where Stanislas Pottier held several positions until 2005.

Between 2005 and 2007, Stanislas Pottier was advisor and then deputy Chief of Staff to Thierry Breton, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, and deputy Chief of Staff and then Chief of Staff to the Trade Minister Christine Lagarde. He followed Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy, Finance, Industry and Employment as Special Advisor from 2007 to 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, Stanislas Pottier was Special advisor to Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister and Ambassador of France to International Negotiations on the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Before joining AMUNDI in June 2018 as Chief Responsible Investment Officer and Member of the Executive Committee, Stanislas Pottier was Global Head for Sustainable Development for Credit Agricole SA Group from 2011 to 2018, and Member of the Group Management Committee since 2017.

Stanislas Pottier is also member of the Vigeo Eiris board, and active in several NGOs and think tanks: BBCA – advocating for low carbon buildings (President), FXB-France (President), Collège des directeurs du développement durable (board member).

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.


Who Attends?



Representing investment professionals, policymakers, think-tanks and non-profit organisations

Influential Speakers

Discussing driving the move to a sustainable and low-carbon economy.


Attendees represent nations all across the globe with a big focus on Europe and north America
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