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10 March 2020, Paris, France

Mobilising sustainable investment towards a 1.5 degree world

Laying the foundations for sustainable and responsible finance in Europe

The EU has an ambitious agenda to re-engineer financial markets, overhaul existing legislation and create new tools to mainstream ESG. The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020,  in official partnership with UNEP-FI will return to Paris for the third time in March. This timely forum will discuss and debate the alignment of the various initiatives to develop compatible markets for ESG, and encourage responsible, sustainable investment across asset classes and across borders. There are many challenges ahead when mobilising capital for a 1.5 degree target, the increasing demand for transparent, sustainable investment with good returns in the new era of historically low interest rates, climate change, Trump and Brexit.

Register now to take part in addressing the need for a global approach to sustainable finance.

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Key Themes

Active vs passive management in sustainable investment
Active vs passive management in sustainable investment

How to achieve a passive investment with active ownership.

Overcoming the data challenge
Overcoming the data challenge

Will analytics and technology be future enablers of ESG? Are systematic strategies a force for good in responsible investment

Financing resilience in Europe - the growth of insurance linked securities
Financing resilience in Europe - the growth of insurance linked securities

Are insurance linked securities an ESG compatible investment?

ESG sustainable bonds
ESG sustainable bonds

How to integrate ESG into corporate bond portfolios.

How can a pension fund decarbonise its investment portfolio?
How can a pension fund decarbonise its investment portfolio?

Net zero targets, the impact of green taxonomy and sustainability risks in Europe and beyond.

Sustainable investment in institutional capital and pensions
Sustainable investment in institutional capital and pensions

Why are some organisations failing to fully engage?

ESG integration across asset classes
ESG integration across asset classes

Dealing with the rising costs of ESG products

Update on TCFD reporting
Update on TCFD reporting

What are challenges when reporting across different asset classes?

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Who attends?

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.


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Past Attending Organisations

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2019 Featured Speakers

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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).

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Craig Mackenzie

Head of Strategic Asset Allocation

Craig leads the Strategic Asset Allocation team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. The team is responsible for the firm’s long-term investment views and strategy. Craig has had a long career in the investment industry: he established successful governance and sustainability functions at Friends, Ivory & Sime and at Insight Investment; he created BMOs innovative reo® corporate governance service; and helped establish and shape the Principles for Responsible Investment and the FTSE Russell ESG index family. Subsequently he has worked in asset allocation focusing on the economic drivers and long-term asset class returns. Craig has a PhD in behavioural finance, and is a senior lecturer at Edinburgh University Business School, where he set up the Centre for Business and Climate Change. He has published widely on long-term and sustainable investment topics.

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Hannah Armitage

Project Manager & Corporate Governance Policy Advisor

Hannah joined the Lab in 2017 and has managed the projects on performance metrics, climate-related reporting and workforce disclosures. Hannah moved from the FRC’s Corporate Governance Team, where she worked on reviews of the Stewardship Code and UK Corporate Governance Code and ran the 2016 Stewardship Code tiering exercise.

Hannah is a qualified lawyer and prior to joining the FRC, worked in the Australian Department of the Treasury on corporations and corporate law policy.

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Jeroen Bos

Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing

Jeroen Bos, CFA, CAIA is Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing at NN Investment Partners (NN IP) and part of its Management Team Investments. His portfolio of responsibilities includes a variety of Global and Regional Sustainable & Impact Equity Funds. Jeroen is also a member of NN IP’s ESG Board and has been instrumental in the development of ESG integration at NNIP in the last decade. His previous roles at NN IP included Head of Global Equity Research as well as Senior Portfolio Manager on several Global Equity & Thematic Funds. Before joining NN IP, Jeroen was a Director at UBS in New York in the Technology Equity Research Team. Prior to UBS, he was a Vice President at JP Morgan in London and a Senior Equity Analyst at MeesPierson/Fortis in Amsterdam. Jeroen is also a Board Member of CFA Society VBA Netherlands as well as a Board Member of the Work with Nature Foundation, a non-profit organization protecting Costa Rica’s rainforest.

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Magnus Billing

CEO

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Sonia Fasolo

Fund Manager & Head of SRI

Holder of a master’s degree in Management Science, a post-graduate degree in Finance from the University of Montpellier I and SFAF graduate, Sonia began her career as Small and Mid-Caps equity analyst at Euroland Finance in 2003. In 2007, she joined the Berenberg Bank France Equity Research team as a Small and Mid-Cap analyst. Sonia moved on to La Financière de l’Echiquier in 2010 as a financial analyst on the European SMID cap strategy and later in the European Large Cap SRI one. In 2015 she became fund manager of the positive impact strategy and dedicated SRI funds and is today also co-managing the European Large Cap SRI strategy. Highly implicated in the different debates around sustainability and climate change in the asset management industry she has been part of different working groups as for example “How to close the gap among Investors, Management and the Board of Directors with regard to Climate Change and other ESG topics for effective oversight and disclosure” with LeaderXXchange.

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Willem John Keogh

Managing Director & Head of ESG

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Willemijn Verdegaal

Co-head Climate and ESG Solutions

Willemijn studied economics at the University of Utrecht and the London School of Economics and has 15 years of experience in the finance and sustainability space. She joined Ortec Finance, a company specializing in building software to support complex financial decision making, in 2018. Together with Lisa Eichler she drives the integration of climate and ESG into forward looking scenario based strategic modelling tools for climate-related risk management, TCFD disclosure and alignment.

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