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Implementing ESG London 2019 - Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, London, UK

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Keynote Speakers

Werner von Baum

Werner von Baum, Managing Partner, Chief Risk Officer, LGT Capital Partners

Werner von Baum is a Managing Partner and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at LGT Capital Partners Ltd. He has been with the firm for 15 years. Within the Risk and Compliance teams, Werner is responsible for the independent monitoring of all traditional and dedicated sustainable portfolios across asset classes and LGT CP’s operating companies. He is also a member of the ESG Committee, which coordinates the strategic direction of LGT CP with regards to ESG integration in its business activities, as well as in various investment processes. The ESG Committee supports the portfolio management units in the strategic development of such investment processes, discusses the general ESG orientation of our portfolios and has an important governance function in all sustainability issues. Mr. von Baum holds a degree in economics and a diploma from European Business School (Frankfurt, London, Paris). Werner will be giving the opening keynote address at 0900 at Implementing ESG London 2019, where he will give an overview of how LGT evaluates the development of ESG integration by hedge funds, and discuss the role of data and recent investor feedback on ESG to understand how hedge funds operate and will have to operate going forward with regards to ESG.

 

Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell, Co-Head of Responsible Investment and Co-Chair of the Responsible Investment Committee at Man Group

Jason Mitchell is Man Group’s Co-Head of Responsible Investment. He co-chairs Man Group’s Responsible Investment Committee and its Stewardship and Active Ownership Committee. Besides having managed environmental and sustainability strategies, he speaks and publishes widely on responsible investment. He also hosts the podcast Perspectives Towards a Sustainable Future.
Most recently, Jason was Sustainability Strategist at Man Group. He worked at Man GLG from 2004 to 2008 and from 2010 to present, taking two years off from 2008 to 2010 to advise the UK government on infrastructure development across Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, he was an investment analyst with Pequot Capital and Andor Capital.

Jason serves as one of 15 appointed members on the EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group) European Lab Steering Group and sits on the Advisory Board of Imperial College Business School’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. Having chaired the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Hedge Funds Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2018, he now serves on the PRI Academic Advisory Committee and a number of other working groups. He is also co-editor of PRI Perspectives academic journal.

Jason holds a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and classics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the British-American Project.

 

Marisol Hernandez, Head of Asset Owners, UNPRI

...Bio to follow...

 

Session Speakers

Lisa Beauvilain

Lisa Beauvilain, Head of Sustainability & ESG, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management

Lisa is responsible for the development and oversight of Impax’s Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, including environmental policy and legislation research in the Listed Equity team. She is the Chair of Impax’s ESG and Lens Committees and also Co-Heads Impax’s impact investment work. Lisa joined Impax in 2010. She started working in the financial industry in 1999 and previously worked as an executive director in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs International. Lisa has also worked as an independent consultant, focusing on environmental policy research and analysis. She is active within working groups relating to impact investing, the circular economy and ESG standard setting with several external industry organisations. Lisa has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics as well as an MSc in Finance from the Hanken School of Economics, Finland. 

Lisa is speaking at 1350 on the 'ESG Pioneers - Lessons From Hedge Funds Championing Responsible Investment Approaches' session.

 

 

Max Budra

 

Max Budra, Associate, Markets, Governance and Innovation, AIMA

 

Max joined AIMA in 2017 as a member of the research team, and moved to the markets, governance and Innovation team as an Associate in 2019. His role currently focuses on policy and regulatory outreach around responsible investment, and and on providing support to members on the integration of responsible investment. Prior to joining AIMA, Max worked in strategy consulting in London. He holds a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

Max is speaking at 0930 on the 'How To Develop An ESG Policy That Meets Investor Requirements' session.

 

 

 

 

James von Claer

James von Claer, Director, Arabesque S-Ray

James von Claer has over 25 years’ experience in asset management and financial services. Prior to joining Arabesque S-Ray he was with Notz Stucki, a well-known alternative investment manager, developing investment products around sustainability themes, notably renewable energy assets. Before this, James worked for a JP Morgan affiliate in Paris, where he was responsible for credit management and structured products.

Using the combination of experience in sustainable asset management and credit, James is advising asset owners and managers on the benefits of integrating quantitative analysis of ESG-related risks across both the capital and credit markets.

James is a seasoned conference speaker addressing issues such as the relevance of integrating ESG metrics across the full spectrum of asset classes, as well as on the advantages of using the power of machine learning and big data for enhanced risk management.

James is speaking at 1540 on the 'ESG Data - What You Need To Know' session.

 

Thomas Deinet

Thomas Deinet, Executive Director, Standards Board for Alternative Investments

Thomas Deinet was appointed Executive Director of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), previously known as the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) in September 2008. In 2007, Thomas joined the Hedge Fund Working Group to project manage the development of practice standards proposed by a group of 14 leading hedge fund managers that led to the establishment of the HFSB.

Before joining the HFSB, Thomas was a senior manager at Oliver Wyman, the management consulting firm, where he extensively worked with major financial institutions in Europe in both asset management as well as corporate and investment banking. He joined Oliver Wyman in 2002 after working as an analyst in energy trading for a major commodities trading firm.

Thomas is a regular speaker at hedge fund and regulatory conferences, and represents the SBAI at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). He is a holder of a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and an MSc from Purdue University, USA. Thomas Deinet is a CFA charterholder.

Thomas is moderating the 1135 Session 'How Well Do Responsible Investment Approaches And Hedge Funds Mix?'.

 

Robert Howie

Robert Howie, Principal, Mercer

Robert is a Principal in the Hedge Fund Boutique of Mercer's Wealth business. Located in London, he leads the manager research and generation of intellectual capital for alternative assets in Europe, focusing on hedge funds, insurance-linked securities, multi-asset and other liquid alternative strategies. Additionally, he advises institutional investors on the use of alternative assets, including manager selections and portfolio construction.

Robert has nearly twenty years of experience within the financial services industry, and has been with Mercer for over fifteen years. Whilst at Mercer he been involved in both research and has consulted to clients across Europe and the Middle East, including pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and wealth managers. Prior to joining Mercer, he worked for Barclays in London and African Life (now part of Sanlam) in South Africa.

 

Robert has a Master of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

 

Robert is speaking at 1135 on the 'How Well Do Responsible Investment Approaches And Hedge Funds Mix?' session.

 

Adam Jacobs-Dean

Adam Jacobs-Dean, Managing Director, Global Head of Markets, Governance and Innovation, AIMA

Adam Jacobs-Dean joined AIMA in February 2013 and is Managing Director, Global Head of Markets, Governance and Innovation. Prior to joining AIMA, he worked at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), where he focused on European regulatory initiatives dealing with OTC derivatives markets, notably the review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).

Adam started his career at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), where he worked in both policy and supervisory roles. He also undertook a number of projects for the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR). In 2009 he was seconded from the FSA to the European Commission in Brussels, where he worked on Solvency II.

Adam has an MA in German and French from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in European Policy and Management from Birkbeck.

Adam is speaking at 1435 on the 'ESG Regulation - The Pending Tide Of Sustainability Regulations As It Affects The Alternative Investment Industry' session.

 

Jennifer Lau

Jennifer Lau, Senior Analyst, Alternative Investment Strategies, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Jennifer Lau is a Senior Analyst on the Alternative Investment Strategies Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments, with a focus on alternative credit and leading ESG initiatives. The Alternative Investment Strategies Team manages $14 billion in AuM globally across a range of hedge fund strategies, through direct fund allocations, customised mandates and other investment solutions. Emerging opportunities in ESG are considered in the product development process. Jennifer graduated with an LLB in Law from Cambridge University and an MSc in Management from the Imperial College Business School.

Jennifer is speaking at 1135 on the 'How Well Do Responsible Investment Approaches And Hedge Funds Mix?' session.

 

Arleta Majoch

Arleta Majoch, Partner, Auriel Investors

Arleta Majoch, a Partner at Auriel Investors LLP since 2017, has both an academic and industry background in responsible investing. She holds a PhD in Finance with a focus on RI from ICMA Centre at Henley Business School and is a published academic author. Throughout her industry career she has contributed in a variety of both research and business roles at organizations such as the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, Aberdeen Asset Management, Economist Intelligence Unit, or MSCI ESG Research.

Arleta is speaking at 1350 on the 'ESG Pioneers - Lessons From Hedge Funds Championing Responsible Investment Approaches' session.

 

 

Anthony Murphy

Anthony Murphy, Managing Director, Prime Advocates

Anthony Murphy is the founder and Managing Director of specialist impact advisory firm Prime Advocates. Anthony is an industry leading impact finance lawyer, impact strategist and social entrepreneur. He advises asset owners, hedge funds, corporates, foundations and financial organisations on social finance / financial innovation. Formerly, Anthony was the EMEA principal of Prime Services and Equity Finance legal for J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns.

Anthony has a wealth of experience in the alternatives and social finance space, having implemented responsible investment practices (legal, operational and commercial strategies) and impact structures for numerous asset owners, investors and credit institutions for over 18 years. He is also an expert in UK regulatory, hedge fund finance and impact commerce.

Anthony is a practising UK solicitor having qualified at the global US law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, specialising in Securitisation. He holds a higher LLB in Law from Bristol University.

Anthony is a Co-Producer of Implementing ESG London 2019 and features in the first two sessions: 'How To Develop An ESG Policy That Meets Investor Requirements' at 0930 and 'Understanding The Practical Implications Of Adopting An ESG Policy' at 1015 as well as at 1435 in the 'ESG Regulation - The Pending Tide Of Sustainability Regulations As It Affects The Alternative Investment Industry' session.

 

Sarah Olofsson

Sarah Olofsson, Responsible Investments Manager, Swedbank Robur

Sarah Olofsson is Responsible Investments Manager in the Sustainability team at Swedbank Robur, one of the largest asset managers in the Nordics, and a company with the vision to be a world leader in sustainable value creation. Within Swedbank Robur, sustainability is incorporated throughout all asset classes and is a fully integrated part of the Investment Management process. Having worked in the finance industry all of her career, with institutional sales, fixed income portfolio management and investment consulting, the transition into working chiefly with sustainability was a natural progression. “Rising demand of sustainable investments from end clients as well as new regulations will force all financial actors to move in this direction, it is only a matter of time. The transition to more sustainable investments is a journey I want to be part of and contribute to” says Sarah.

Sarah studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, and first joined Swedbank Robur in 2008. After eight years she was recruited to BNP Paribas Asset Management and whilst there attained the first Nordic Eco-label certification for a Swedish investment fund, where after she briefly worked for the Nordic Eco-label to certify other funds, only to return to Swedbank Robur in 2018.

Sarah is speaking at 1135 on the 'How Well Do Responsible Investment Approaches And Hedge Funds Mix?' session.

 

Paola Perotti

Paola Perotti, Managing Partner and CEO, GO Investment Partners

Ms Perotti is Managing Partner and CEO at GO Investment Partners (“GO”).

GO’s flagship product is the TMAM - GO Japanese Engagement Fund (JEF), which is managed as a joint venture with Tokio Marine Asset Management. As at 31st August, 2019, JEF's strategy had AUM in excess of $650 million. GO further offers tailored engagement solutions for portfolio managers in Japan.

Ms Perotti joined GO in early 2006. She was previously with Hermes European Focus Fund, where she had broad responsibilities for engaging with European public companies. Prior to joining Hermes, Ms Perotti spent 13 years in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank in London, latterly as Managing Director. Her expertise was focused on cross-border transactions and equity offerings for public and private companies. Prior to 1989, Ms Perotti was with KPMG where she specialised in providing accounting support and services for M&A related work.

Ms Perotti holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of London, England and she is a Chartered Accountant. She is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish. She has been studying Mandarin Chinese for 12 years now and sees this as a lifelong project.

Paola will be speaking at 1350 on the 'ESG Pioneers - Lessons From Hedge Funds Championing Responsible Investment Approaches' session.