The route to net-zero post-COP26

The 4th annual ESG & Sustainability Forum will bring together more than 200 delegates from across the globe to discuss this ever-important topic.

Join the forum as experts discuss what the future looks like for this sub-asset class in the route to net-zero post COP26.

 

 

Infrastructure Investor - advance your fundraising

Advance your fundraising

Connect with a global audience of investors with an interest in sustainability and showcase your ESG credentials. Benefit from focused networking with the right people.

Gain peer-to-peer insights

Learn about how infrastructure funds setting science-based targets, fund managers’ challenges on their approach to climate, how ESG is increasingly being used within wider value creation strategies, and much more.

Infrastructure Investor New York Forum - build your network

Save time building your network

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with infrastructure’s elite at the event and on our sophisticated networking platform.

One Summit. Seven Forums.

The ESG & Sustainability Forum is part of the industry leading Infrastructure Investor Global Summit. Taking place across four days, the Summit has something to offer everyone involved in infrastructure.

The private infrastructure industry’s annual general meeting

Pursuing the momentum for change in emerging and frontier economies

Investing in assets which provide essential services

Investing in the energy transition as the world moves towards net-zero

Navigating the route towards an inclusive global digital economy

The evolving role of lending in the private infrastructure world

Sponsorship opportunities

The Infrastructure Investor Global Summit offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as a part of the premier meeting for infrastructure investment professionals.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities contact Alexander Jakes, alexander.j@peimedia.com, +44 (0)203 862 7498

 

Day 1
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Agenda

ESG & Sustainability Forum - Monday 21st

ESG & Sustainability Forum
09:10 - 09:30

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor and Welcome from the chair

Chris Heathcote
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Chris Heathcote

Independent

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09:30 - 10:15

What the EU taxonomy means for infrastructure funds

Jemima Atkins, Aurelien Reynolds
  • What are the challenges around implementation?
  • What will make more infra funds sign up to science-based targets?
  • Seeing the taxonomy and SFDR as more of an opportunity than a burden for managers
Jemima Atkins, Allianz Global Investors

Jemima Atkins

Infrastructure Investments, Allianz Capital Partners

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Aurelien Reynolds

Associate, GRESB

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10:15 - 11:00

How investors allocations are being impacted by ESG strategies of funds

  • How are investors working with fund managers on more challenging investments?
  • When and why are allocations being withdrawn due to ESG issues?
  • Views on infra managers compared to other private market strategies
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
11:30 - 12:15

Making ESG data useful

Joss Blamire, Silva Deželan
  • Is the industry moving closer to standardisation of ESG data and reporting?
  • Examples of data adding to multiple paid at exit
  • How are LP requests changing?
  • To what extent are reams of data being made use of in value creation
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Joss Blamire

Infrastructure Director, GRESB

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Silva Dezelan

Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

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12:15 - 13:00

Introduction to the iCi Infrastructure group

Simon Whistler, Felix Heon, Pierre Klemas
  • Update on latest the ICI, what are the priorities?
  • How collaboration can help infrastructure lead the way
  • Differences and similarities between the approach of infra and PE funds
  • What tools are available on climate risks and opportunities in infrastructure?

Moderator: Simon Whistler, Senior Specialist, UNPRI

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Simon Whistler

Infrastructure Lead, PRI

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Felix Heon

Sustainability Director, Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Pierre Klemas

Managing Director - Sustainability, Ardian

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch with Emerging Market and Social Infrastructure Forum attendees

ESG & Sustainability Forum
14:00 - 14:40

The implications of COP-26 on investing in emerging markets

Amal-Lee Amin, Catharina Dyvik
  • Defining what is meant by the just transition
  • Managing societal issues when investing in EM
  • Examples of successful EM investments which had a positive impact
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Amal-Lee Amin

Director, Climate Change, CDC Group

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Catharina Dyvik

Director Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ

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14:40 - 15:00

What is the FAST-Infra initiative?

Brett Orlando
  • Background to how it has developed
  • Why it could be a game changer for investors
  • How to get involved

 

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Brett Orlando

Founder & Director, Net Zero Capital Advisory

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15:00 - 15:30

Coffee & networking

ESG & Sustainability Forum
15:30 - 16:15

Biodiversity and Infrastructure: managing risk and adding value

Christian Wertli
  • Assessing the implications of COP-15 for investors
  • Outlining why the issue is so important from a risk perspective
  • Case studies of where addressing biodiversity has added value
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Christian Wertli

Head of Infrastructure Solutions, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

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16:15 - 17:00

Investor and Manager Scenario Session: Deal or No Deal

Recep Kendircioglu

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.

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Recep Kendircioglu

Global Head of Infrastructure Equity, Manulife

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17:00 - 17:45

Networking Roundtables

17:45 - 17:55

Closing comments from the chair

Amal-Lee Amin

Director, Climate Change, CDC Group

Amal-Lee is a passionate advocate for sustainable development. In 2019 she was recognized by Apolitico as one of the top 100 influencers on climate policy. Her professional experience includes 10 years within the UK Government leading policy and fina… Read full bio
Jemima Atkins, Allianz Global Investors

Jemima Atkins

Infrastructure Investments, Allianz Capital Partners

Jemima Atkins is an investment professional within the Infrastructure Direct Investments team at Allianz Capital Partners, based in London. She is particularly focused on infrastructure investments in the energy, utilities and transport sectors, incl… Read full bio

Joss Blamire

Infrastructure Director, GRESB

Joss Blamire is the Director of Infrastructure at GRESB. GRESB’s mission is to assess and benchmark the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and other related performance, including for infrastructure assets, providing standardised and validate… Read full bio
Silva Dezelan

Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

Silva has been active in the field of responsible investing since 2007. She is facilitating Stafford’s business lines in ESG integration in real assets and private markets. Prior to joining Stafford Silva worked for Robeco where she was responsible f… Read full bio

Catharina Dyvik

Director Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ

Catharina is leading sustainable finance work at SYSTEMIQ. Previously she was at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for six years in various roles and geographies prior to joining SYSTEMIQ and the management team of the Blend… 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

Felix Heon

Sustainability Director, Antin Infrastructure Partners

Felix Heon is Sustainability Director at Antin Infrastructure Partners, where he leads the development and implementation of the firm’s sustainability strategy. As part of his role, Felix works alongside the wider Antin team, ensuring that ESG matter… Read full bio

Recep Kendircioglu

Global Head of Infrastructure Equity, Manulife

Recep Kendircioglu leads the Infrastructure Group at Manulife. Recep and his team manage over $10 billion in infrastructure equity investments which includes John Hancock Infrastructure Fund I and Manulife Infrastructure Fund II. Prior to joining the… Read full bio

Pierre Klemas

Managing Director - Sustainability, Ardian

Pierre is responsible for ESG and impact management integration within Ardian’s Infrastructure investments and is referent for climate action within Ardian’s portfolio. With nearly 20 years’ experience, his career has evolved from acoustics and safet… Read full bio

Brett Orlando

Founder & Director, Net Zero Capital Advisory

Brett Orlando is a leading finance professional in the energy transition. His 20+ years international experience spans investment banking, strategic advisory, NGOs and Government. Brett is founder of Net Zero Capital Advisory, an independent firm pro… Read full bio

Aurelien Reynolds

Associate, GRESB

Aurelien Reynolds is an infrastructure Associate and product manager for EU Regulations at GRESB, a global ESG benchmark for Real Assets. He has contributed to the development of the CFAS AOS ESG-SDG Infrastructure Investment Framework, and has been… Read full bio

Christian Wertli

Head of Infrastructure Solutions, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Christian Wertli was appointed Head Infrastructure Solutions, Public Sector Solutions as per 1 August 2020. The Swiss Re Public Sector Solutions team is dedicated helping governments, government agencies as well as international organisations at all… Read full bio

Simon Whistler

Infrastructure Lead, PRI

Simon joined the PRI in June 2018, and leads the organisation’s work on real assets. He works with real assets investors to support their understanding and integration of responsible investment in their investment processes. His most recent work has… Read full bio