The role of infrastructure in the route to net-zero

The 3rd annual ESG & Sustainability Forum will bring together more than 200 delegates from across the infrastructure asset class. Join the Forum to discuss the role of infrastructure in the route to net-zero and to explore what the future looks like for the asset class.

 

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Hear how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement, discuss how you can work with management teams to drive the sustainability agenda, address human rights within a portfolio of investments and much more.

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Day 1
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Agenda

ESG & Sustainability Forum - Monday 18th

ESG & Sustainability Forum
09:00 - 09:15

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor

09:15 - 09:25

Welcome from the chair

Chris Heathcote
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Chris Heathcote

Independent

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09:25 - 09:45

State of ESG: where are we now?

Rick Walters

Presentation referencing GRESB results as well as latest work of the PRI in infrastructure

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Rick Walters

Director, Infrastructure, GRESB

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09:45 - 10:25

Net-zero asset owners: how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement

Kalliope Gourntis, John Anderson, Gordon Bajnai, Cameron Talbot-Stern
  • Update on latest initiatives and opportunities for convergence
  • How are asset owners getting to net zero? Is capital allocation being impacted?
  • How are LPs setting interim targets and on what basis?
  • Engaging with government, regulators and broader society? What is the LPs role?
  • How can LPs help GPs and vice versa? How can this effort be most collaborative? Is there friction and fakery that inhibits progress?

 

Moderator: Kalliope Gourntis, Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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Kalliope Gourntis

Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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John Anderson Manulife

John Anderson

Global Head Corporate Finance and Infrastructure, Manulife

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Gordon Bajnai

Partner & Global Head of Infrastructure, Campbell Lutyens

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Cameron Talbot-Stern

Senior Responsible Investment and ESG Manager, APG Asset Management

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10:25 - 11:00

What will moving to net zero mean for infrastructure?

Bengt Enge, Kate McKeon, Mary Nicholson, Karl Nietvelt
  • Will certain sectors of infrastructure become unacceptable to invest in?
  • Where to start? Practical tips for a decarbonisation roadmap
  • How are investors committing to net-zero? To what extent is pressure being put on managers?
  • How managers/investors/assets can collaborate effectively on net-zero goals

Moderator: Bengt Ove Enge, COO, Klinkby Enge

 

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Bengt Enge

Partner, Klinkby Enge

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Kate McKeon

Head of Sustainability, InfraRed Capital Partners

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Mary Nicholson

Head of Responsible Investment, Macquarie Asset Management

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Karl Nietvelt

Global Head of Analytics and Research, Infrastructure Ratings, S & P Global

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
11:30 - 12:15

Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver

Sabine Chalopin, Peter Dickson, Thibault Richon, Valeria Rosati, Johan Tiselius
  • How investors and managers can work with management teams to help ESG drive growth
  • Making data useful for investors and other key stakeholders
  • How to show the value of ESG work to investment teams future owners
  • Justifying significant effort and investment in long-term issues
  • Examples of work on ESG adding to multiple paid at exit

 

Moderator: Sabine Chalopin, ESG & Impact Director, Denham Capital

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Sabine Chalopin

ESG Director, Denham Capital

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Peter Dickson

Co-Founder and Technical Partner, Glennmont Partners

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Thibault Richon

Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Multi-Strategy, SWEN Capital Partners

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Valeria Rosati

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

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Johan Tiselius

Head of Sustainability and Investment Manager, Infranode

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12:05 - 12:35

Regulatory update and what it means for investors in infrastructure

Patricia Volhard, Martin Bresson, Isabelle Combarel
  • Latest on the higher-level platform on sustainable finance
  • Where are we with the EU taxonomy?
  • What’s coming next in Europe and globally? How should managers prepare?
  • The importance on collaboration to develop joint taxonomies and standards

Moderator: Patricia Volhard, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

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Patricia Volhard

Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton

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Martin Bresson

Public Affairs Director, Invest Europe

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Isabelle Combarel

Deputy CEO - Head of Business Development & ESG, SWEN Capital Partners

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12:35 - 12:45

Switchover time

Attendees to Ballroom for the keynote at 12.45

12:45 - 13:30

Keynote: ‘The Key Man’ explored- lessons learned from the fall of Abraaj

Simon Clark
  • Red flags. What should investors be on the lookout for?
  • Alignment of interest and the social licence to operate. Making stakeholder engagement a priority
  • Doing well and doing good: what are the limits of impact investing?

Simon Clark, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

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Simon Clark

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

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13:30 - 14:30

Networking lunch with Emerging Markets & Social Infrastructure Forums

ESG & Sustainability Forum
14:30 - 15:10

Sustainability in digital infrastructure investments

Brian Burns, Vincent Cassagne, Carmela Mondino, Phoebe Smith
  • Outlining the sustainability concerns linked to digital investments
  • Determining the sustainability of digital assets such as data centres
  • Considering the positive social impact of digital investments
  • Infratech and how infrastructure investment could be redefined by sustainability

Moderator: Brian Burns, Telecoms Strategy Director, PWC

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Brian Burns

Telecoms Strategy Director, PWC

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Vincent Cassagne

Investment Director - Partner, Vauban Infrastructure Partners

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Carmela Mondino

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group

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Phoebe Smith

Senior Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

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15:10 - 15:30

Addressing human rights within a portfolio of investments

David Thomas, Nikolas Stone
  • Defining what is meant by human rights in the context of infrastructure investing
  • Balancing human rights with environmental challenges investors face
  • Managing complex supply chains for technologies involved in the energy transition
  • Social issues linked to labour policies, economic displacement etc, and dealing with them as they occur
  • Considering regulatory changes particularly the social taxonomy

Moderator: David Thomas, Director, Infrastructure, GRESB

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David Thomas

Director, Infrastructure, GRESB

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Nikolas Stone

Director, Environment and Social Governance (ESG), CDC Group

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15:30 - 16:00

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
16:00 - 16:30

Keynote Speech: how Meridiam uses impact targets to drive value creation

Zak Bentley, Thierry Deau

Facilitator: Zak Bentley, Senior Reporter, Infrastructure Investor

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Zak Bentley

Senior Reporter, Infrastructure Investor

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Thierry Deau

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure

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16:30 - 17:00

Investor and Manager Scenario Session: Deal or No Deal

Anders Klinkby, John Anderson, Peter Schümers

The session will highlight the increased role of ESG in due diligence. A fund manager and an institutional investor will discuss a hypothetical investment opportunity with ESG issues. They will ask the questions they would ask in a real investment situation with specific infrastructure assets and reflect on the ESG risk of the investment. The audience will then be given the opportunity to quiz the presenters on their decisions and decide whether they would themselves invest.

Moderated by: Anders Klinkby, Managing Partner, Klinkby Enge

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Anders Klinkby

Managing Partner, Klinkby Enge

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John Anderson Manulife

John Anderson

Global Head Corporate Finance and Infrastructure, Manulife

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Peter Schümers

Co-Head of Investments, Energy Infrastructure Partners

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17:00 - 17:30

Networking Roundtables

Paolo Alemanni, Sarah Borg-Olivier, Anna Chmielewska, Tobias Griesshaber, Anders Klinkby, William Lowry, Estelle Mandigout, Mary Nicholson
  • Nature Based Solution Infrastructure / Biodiversity – Paolo Alemanni (B Capital Partners)
  • Energy Transition – Tobias Griesshaber (Energy Infrastructure Partners) 
  • Impact Investing – William Lowry (Threadmark) 
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Sarah Borg-Olivier (Instar Asset Management)
  • Circular Economy– Anna Chmielewska (EBRD)
  • Human rights/modern slavery – Estelle Mandigout (CDC Group)
  • ESG Due Diligence – Anders Klinkby (Klinkby Enge)
  • Achieving net-zero – Mary Nicholson (MIRA)
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Paolo Alemanni

Managing Partner, B Capital Partners

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Sarah Borg-Olivier

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Instar Asset Management

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Anna Chmielewska

Associate Director, Senior Banker, EBRD

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Tobias Griesshaber

Co-Head of Investments, Energy Infrastructure Partners

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Anders Klinkby

Managing Partner, Klinkby Enge

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William Lowry

Associate, Threadmark

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Estelle Mandigout

Executive, Safeguarding Domain Lead, CDC Group

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Mary Nicholson

Head of Responsible Investment, Macquarie Asset Management

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17:30 - 17:35

Closing comments from the chair

Paolo Alemanni

Managing Partner, B Capital Partners

Paolo is a Managing Partner of B Capital Partners, Zurich. He has an extensive background in private equity and infrastructure investment management earned during his 30-years career. Paolo initially implemented growth strategies and turnarounds, whi… Read full bio
John Anderson Manulife

John Anderson

Global Head Corporate Finance and Infrastructure, Manulife

John Anderson is a 30-year infrastructure investor, responsible for Manulife’s $10 billion infrastructure equity portfolio, and their $40 billon infrastructure debt portfolio, with the Manulife life insurance companies ranked as one of the largest in… Read full bio

Gordon Bajnai

Partner & Global Head of Infrastructure, Campbell Lutyens

Gordon Bajnai joined Campbell Lutyens in 2017. Gordon is responsible for the development of the firm’s infrastructure capabilities globally and has advised on both primary and secondary mandates. Gordon remains Chairman of the firm’s Global Advisory… Read full bio

Zak Bentley

Senior Reporter, Infrastructure Investor

Zak Bentley is a senior reporter at Infrastructure Investor based in London. Zak joined Infrastructure Investor in 2016 from Centaur where he was a reporter on their Clean Energy Pipeline title. He has a detailed knowledge and experience of the finan… Read full bio

Sarah Borg-Olivier

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Instar Asset Management

Sarah Borg-Olivier is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Instar where she is responsible for overseeing fund administration activities and non-investment operations, including investor relations, business development, environmental… Read full bio

Martin Bresson

Public Affairs Director, Invest Europe

Martin is Invest Europe's Public Affairs Director. He is head of Invest Europe’s existing team of five experienced public affairs staff who represent the interests of the association’s 650 private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and long-term… Read full bio

Brian Burns

Telecoms Strategy Director, PWC

Brian Burns undertakes corporate strategy and commercial due diligence assignments in the telecoms sector as part of our UK TMT Deals team. Brian’s focus areas include telecoms operators (fixed, mobile, cable, B2B telecoms), infrastructure (towers, f… Read full bio

Vincent Cassagne

Investment Director - Partner, Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Vincent leads transactions from origination to closing and manages equity investments in infrastructure projects and corporates. Vincent has acquired a strong experience in leading the structuring, negotiating and closing for both greenfield and brow… Read full bio

Sabine Chalopin

ESG Director, Denham Capital

Sabine Chalopin is the ESG Director to the Sustainable Infrastructure team and is responsible for screening, managing and monitoring investments for environmental and social risks and opportunities. he brings 16 years of power and renewables experien… Read full bio

Anna Chmielewska

Associate Director, Senior Banker, EBRD

Anna has over 15 years of finance and banking experience, including extensive expertise in structured finance. Currently Anna is responsible for EBRD activity in Central Europe in the broadly defined Energy Sector. Her responsibilities involve struct… Read full bio

Simon Clark

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Simon Clark is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal in London. A British citizen, he has been a journalist since 2000, reporting on a wide range of financial, economic and political subjects that led him as far as the poppy fields of Afghanistan, th… Read full bio

Isabelle Combarel

Deputy CEO - Head of Business Development & ESG, SWEN Capital Partners

Isabelle COMBAREL is Deputy CEO and Head of Development and ESG at SWEN Capital Partners. She began her career in 2001 at MAIF, where she spent 10 years as an equity portfolio manager for public and private markets. In 2012, she joined the unlisted a… Read full bio

Thierry Deau

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure

Thierry Déau is Meridiam’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He founded Meridiam, an independent investment firm, recently transformed into a Benefit Corporation, specialized in the development, financing, and management of long-term and sustaina… Read full bio

Peter Dickson

Co-Founder and Technical Partner, Glennmont Partners

As Founding Partner and Director of Glennmont Partners, Peter is responsible for the technical aspects of all investments. He oversees many of the investments and plays a significant part in the management of the portfolio, through construction and o… Read full bio

Bengt Enge

Partner, Klinkby Enge

Bengt Enge is a Partner at Klinkby Enge, an independent advisory firm specialized in ESG due diligence, ESG data for private assets and consulting on sustainable investing. Before founding Klinkby Enge, Bengt Enge was CIO and held other senior positi… Read full bio

Kalliope Gourntis

Editor, Infrastructure Investor

Kalliope is Editor at Infrastructure Investor, focusing primarily on the print edition, the latest role she’s assumed since joining the company in 2013. Kalliope initially covered the US market when she was based in New York, but has since relocated… Read full bio

Tobias Griesshaber

Co-Head of Investments, Energy Infrastructure Partners

Tobias Griesshaber is Investment Director at Energy Infrastructure Partners, a sector specialist with a proven track record making long-term, direct investments into large-scale renewables and system-critical energy infrastructure. He has more than t… Read full bio

Chris Heathcote

Independent

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in infrastructure, developed through extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Whilst advising and working with a variety of clients, Chris has recently become COO of Regenerate Asset Management, a… Read full bio

Anders Klinkby

Managing Partner, Klinkby Enge

Anders Klinkby is Managing Partner at Klinkby Enge, an independent advisory firm specialized in ESG Due Diligence, ESG data for private assets and consulting on sustainable investing. Before founding Klinkby Enge, Anders Klinkby was CEO of Danish Inv… Read full bio

William Lowry

Associate, Threadmark

Will is a member of the distribution team and is based in London. He has over seven years of private capital raising and financial markets experience. Will joined Threadmark in 2021 from ClearlySo, where he specialised in the distribution of impact f… Read full bio

Estelle Mandigout

Executive, Safeguarding Domain Lead, CDC Group

Estelle is the Safeguarding Domain Lead within the Environment and Social Governance Team at CDC Group, a domain practice that looks at Forced labour, Gender-Based violence and Harassment, child labour and broader human rights risks, including supply… Read full bio

Kate McKeon

Head of Sustainability, InfraRed Capital Partners

Kate joined the InfraRed team in 2016. Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of InfraRed’s sustainability strategy and programme. Kate works closely with the Investments, Asset Management and Portfolio Management teams to evaluat… Read full bio

Carmela Mondino

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group

Carmela Mondino is Head of the ESG and Sustainability team, based in Zug. Carmela is also a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team and a leader of the firm's Women's Network. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Total,… Read full bio

Mary Nicholson

Head of Responsible Investment, Macquarie Asset Management

Mary is the Head of Responsible Investment for Macquarie Asset Management (MAM). Supported by a global team of experienced sustainability professionals, Mary sets and guides implementation of best practice sustainability integration and measurement a… Read full bio

Karl Nietvelt

Global Head of Analytics and Research, Infrastructure Ratings, S & P Global

Karl Nietvelt is S and P Global’s head of Analytics and Research for Infrastructure ratings. This comprises Infrastructure Corporate entities, Utilities and Project finance. Karl is based in Paris and works with a team of 12 industry experts across t… Read full bio

Thibault Richon

Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure Multi-Strategy, SWEN Capital Partners

Thibault started his career in 2006 at Morgan Stanley in the M&A department in Paris and London as part of the Energy and Utilities team. In 2010, he joined the Canadian pension fund OPTrust within its Private Markets Group, based in the London t… Read full bio

Valeria Rosati

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

Valeria joined the business in 2006 and has two decades of relevant experience. Based in London, Valeria leads Equity asset management and is the joint portfolio manager of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Pension Fund’s unlisted infrastructure manda… Read full bio

Peter Schümers

Co-Head of Investments, Energy Infrastructure Partners

Peter Schümers has 15+ years of experience in the utilities and infrastructure sector having worked on some of the largest and earliest pathfinder transactions in the sector Prior to joining EIP in 2016, where he acts as the Co-Head of the Investment… Read full bio

Phoebe Smith

Senior Investment Director, Whitehelm Capital

Phoebe Smith is a Senior Investment Director in the equity team of Whitehelm Capital, based in London. She is involved in the origination and execution of infrastructure transactions as well as the asset management of the existing portfolio. Phoebe h… Read full bio

Nikolas Stone

Director, Environment and Social Governance (ESG), CDC Group

Nik is a Director of Environment and Social Governance at CDC Group, and leads the ESG workstream for the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining CDC Group, he was a consultant for Mott MacDonald and has previously worked for Iberdrola on its operati… Read full bio

Cameron Talbot-Stern

Senior Responsible Investment and ESG Manager, APG Asset Management

Cameron leads the ESG integration for APGs ~€20bn Private Markets Infrastructure Portfolio and is a member of the GRESB Infrastructure Advisory Board. He has 13 years’ experience working across infrastructure and real estate with a focus on energy/su… Read full bio

David Thomas

Director, Infrastructure, GRESB

David is a Director at GRESB, the global ESG benchmark for Real Assets. He leads business development in Europe for the GRESB Infrastructure platform, working with institutional investors and managers to support engagement and the improvement in the… Read full bio

Johan Tiselius

Head of Sustainability and Investment Manager, Infranode

Johan is Head of Sustainability at the Infranode and with over 7 years of experience from M&A and consulting. Since joining Infranode he has participated in several transactions in the Nordic infrastructure space. Johan is responsible for the str… Read full bio

Patricia Volhard

Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton

Patricia Volhard is a partner in Debevoise and Plimpton’s Frankfurt and London offices and is a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Funds/Investment Management Groups. Her practice focuses on advising private funds, including on the full range of… Read full bio

Rick Walters

Director, Infrastructure, GRESB

Rick has more than 30 years experience in Sustainability, Investment, Engineering and Management. His spans a diverse range of businesses, infrastructure and industry through design, construction and operations phases. Rick was a founder of the Infra… Read full bio