9:00 am Welcome address
9:05 am A call to action: Creating international standards around ESG
Chair, International Ethics Standards Coalition; Managing Director, ICG Institute
9:15 am The Business Case for Biodiversity: Why It Matters and How To Embed It In Investment Strategies
9:45 am Panel session: What it means to be an ‘impact investor’ post-Covid
This opening panel session will aim to further define the differences between responsible investment, integrating ESG and impact investment. How has the pandemic impacted this and what opportunities can be found as the world begins its slow economic recovery? What practices can be adopted by investors now to waterproof their future investments in the face of possible future disruption? How has Covid-19 impacted this and what opportunities have been unlocked in the ‘new-normal’ economy? How can long-term strategies be built around ever-changing societal standards and expectations?
Chartered Banker Institute
Dr Frank-Jürgen Richter
Founder and Chairman
Prof. Aditya Singh
Athena School of Management
Chairman of the Executive Board
Aon Holdings; Netherlands Representative, G20EMPOWER
10:30 am Panel session - Reporting and regulation: grading ESG investment
As embracing ESG criteria rises in importance for investors, an increased focus on regulations and reporting is becoming crucial. How are regulations formed and how can reporting be streamlined? How are these practices shaping ESG investments? Which regulations are proving critical to good ESG practice and how does this differ between countries? How can this positively impact transparency and compliance surrounding ESG investments?
Stafford Capital Partners
Global Head of ESG
Apex ESG Ratings
Global head of ESG - Real Estate
Founder and Managing Partner
11:30 am Presentation: Embracing sustainability: a practical framework for corporate leaders
Head of Thematic Research
11:45 am Networking Break
12:15 pm Panel session: ESG and FDI: getting investors and host countries on the same page
The creation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and the enhanced focus on ESG criteria has focused minds around the need for foreign direct investment to be channeled in impactful, sustainable and responsible means. However, there is often a mismatch between the priorities of investor companies and their host countries, especially in the developing world. How can the dots be joined? How can double standards be meaningfully addressed and rectified? What role should governments play in implementing best FDI practice when it comes to ESG? What FDI opportunities are the most promising and how should investors and investment promotion agencies be approaching impact investment?
Senior FDI & Economic Zones Advisor
Senior Managing Director
Newmark Global Strategy
Elias van Herwaarden
Head of Location Strategy, Occupier Services – EMEA
Carolina Arriagada Partners
Cities & Collaboration
1:00 pm Lunch break and networking
1:15 pm Panel session: The ESG equation: striking the right balance
Environmental issues are becoming more prevalent on a global scale. There are numerous quotas being implemented which are designed to encourage greener global habits and slow down the negative impacts of climate change. However, the pressure to ‘go green’ in both governance and investment is easier to implement in some places over others. Many developing economies rely heavily on fossil fuels and do not have the resources needed to speed up a transition to renewable energy. If pressure is continually placed on the environmental part of the ESG equation – particularly within developing nations – the social or the governance part could suffer. How can governments strategise around this imbalance? What opportunities are there for investors within these developing nations and can FDI act as a force for good?
Head of Risk
Bupa (Asia) Limited
Global Coordinator, Water Solutions
SDGs, Global Water Partnership (GWP)
John Boyd, Jr.
The Boyd Company, Inc. of Princeton, NJ.
Bibi Sattar Marques
Partner & Board Member
GED Ventures Portugal
World Health Innovation Summit
Chief Technology Officer
2:00 pm Networking Break
2:45 pm Deep dive: Impact investing in Africa
Where are the opportunities in Africa? Which sectors and regions offer investors the most opportunity in ESG investment? What obstacles does the region need to overcome in order to be able to embrace ESG more thoroughly? What kind of incentives are African IPAs offering investors looking to build their ESG portfolios within the region? Are Western companies prepared to invest in Africa to promote their diversity/BLM-related programmes?
British Ambassador to Senegal, Cabo Verde and Guinea Bissau
Dean and Director
Henley Business School in South Africa
Dr Noel Akpata
Member of the Global Steering Committee
World Social Innovation Forum
Minerals Program Associate
Responsible Sourcing Network
3:30 pm Deep dive: Unlocking diversity
With diversity becoming an increasingly important global issue, what impact can ESG investment have on workforces embracing diversity? How can encouraging diversity lead to profits for investors and what impact will this have on site selection and decision making? Which regions are diversity leaders and how can this be encouraged in regions slower to embrace diverse workforces? How can investment in minority-owned businesses help promote racial and socio-economic equity in the business world and support diversity goals?
Blue Oceans Ventures
Founder of “Data for Change dot org” (thed4c.org), an NGO gathering Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) data for the purpose of class actions led in the US.
Data for Change dot org
Amelia Lopez Huix
Executive Director and General Partner
Jaebadiah S. Gardner
Founder and CEO
4:15 pm Closing keynote
PRI (Principles for Responsible Investments)
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