Best practice in sustainability to improve investment strategy

The ESG and 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 in the route to net-zero.

 

Key themes include:

  • The increased pressure on ESG from investors, regulators and the public
  • Achieving net-zero for infrastructure
  • Regulation and ESG: are current tools fit for purpose?
  • Making biodiversity relevant for investment strategy

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Six specialist forums

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Best practice in sustainability to improve investment strategy

Driving global connectivity through investing in innovation

The private infrastructure industry’s annual general meeting

Resilience and returns: unlocking infrastructure debt’s potential in a volatile market

Investing in energy: price, security, and the transition to net zero

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Strengthen your market credibility, put your brand in front of your key target markets and meet your investment and business goals. Sponsorship gives you:

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Day 1
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Agenda

Infrastructure Investor ESG & Sustainability Forum 2023 - Monday 20th

ESG & Sustainability Forum 2023
09:10 - 09:15

Introduction from Infrastructure Investor

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome from the chair

Jemima Atkins
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Jemima Atkins

Investment Professional, Pioneer Point Partners

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09:30 - 10:15

How to deal with the increased challenges facing ESG

Simon Whistler, Karolina Attspodina, Fabian Gröne, Michael Hoverman
  • Investor commitments and tighter scrutiny on ESG
  • How the regulatory agenda is pivoting to enforcement practices
  • Dealing with the backlash against ESG
  • What can the GP community do to eliminate greenwashing practices in the industry?
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Simon Whistler

Head of Real Assets, Principles for Responsible Investment

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Karolina Attspodina

Co-Founder & CEO, WeDoSolar GmbH

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Fabian Gröne

Partner, EQT

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Michael Hoverman

Managing Director and Head, Global Partners Group, CIM Group

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10:15 - 11:00

Practical roadmap for achieving net zero in infrastructure

Catharina Dyvik, Teresa O’Flynn, Ryan Bisch, Cameron Talbot-Stern, Christophe Dossarps, Shami Nissan
  • Reflections on COP and what it means for investors
  • Decarbonisation pathways for the asset class and integration into the investment thesis
  • What frameworks exist to help managers achieve net-zero? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
  • How will net zero be funded and what impact will that have on investors’ returns?

Moderator: Catharina Dyvik, Director, Sustainable Finance, SystemIQ

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Catharina Dyvik

Director Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ

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Teresa O’Flynn

Partner, Co-Head Ara Infrastructure, Ara Partners

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Ryan Bisch

Director, Private Markets - Ontario Power Generation

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Cameron Talbot-Stern

Senior Responsible Investment and ESG Manager, APG Asset Management

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Christophe Dossarps

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation

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Shami Nissan

Partner, Head of Sustainability, Actis

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking with Emerging Markets and Digital Infrastructure attendees

ESG & Sustainability Forum 2023
11:30 - 12:15

Regulation & ESG: are current regulations fit for purpose?

Dr. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik, Dr. Silva Deželan, Vittorio Lacagnina, Annette Bannister, Paul Allard, Dylan Foo
  • Is regulation driving performance, or is it a distraction?
  • Comparing Europe with North America: how should global managers approach different regulatory regimes?
  • How does the EU’s decision to include gas and nuclear in the taxonomy affect the status of article 8 & 9 funds, both practically and reputationally?
  • What is the difference between article 8 vs 9 for managers?

Moderator: Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik, Partner, DLA Piper 

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Dr. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

Partner, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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Silva Dezelan

Dr. Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

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Vittorio Lacagnina

Partner, Apollo Global Management

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Annette Bannister, MetLife

Annette Bannister

Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management

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Paul Allard

Co-founder & CEO, impak

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Dylan Foo

Head of Global Infrastructure, Apollo Global Management

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12:15 - 13:00

Moving beyond data to add tangible value throughout the investment process

Joss Blamire, Lydia Guett, Sam Lissner, Lucinda Hearth, Gwen Colin, François Bergere
  • Are we too obsessed with ESG data? Does it really drive value? How could it be improved?
  • To what extent is ESG data being used during due diligence?
  • Will the International Sustainability Standards Board lead to ESG data being treated like financial data? Will that make sustainability teams more compliance focused rather than adding value?
  • Using case studies to demonstrate value to management teams

Moderator: Joss Blamire, Infrastructure Director, GRESB

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Joss Blamire

Director of Infrastructure, GRESB

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Lydia Guett

Sustainable and Impact Investing Specialist, Cambridge Associates

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Sam Lissner

Principal, Ridgewood Infrastructure

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Lucinda Hearth

Head of ESG, Infrastructure, DWS

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Gwen Colin

Head of ESG, Vauban Infrastructure Partners

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François Bergere

Executive Director, LTIIA (Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association)

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13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch with Emerging Market and Digital Infrastructure attendees

ESG & Sustainability Forum 2023
14:00 - 14:40

Is greenwashing prevalent across infrastructure?

Huw Williams, Afolabi Oliver, Amarik Ubhi, Ulla Agesen, Sabine Chalopin
  • Defining greenwashing for the asset class: why is it not always easy to agree on what constitutes greenwashing?
  • How can investors spot greenwashing from managers?
  • To what extent can data and analytics be used to show you are not greenwashing?
  • Is there a risk of accusations of greenwashing because of a lack of data from some assets? How to address this
    Moderator: Huw Williams, Head of Infrastructure Relations, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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Huw Williams

Head Investor Relations, BEIS

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Afolabi Oliver

Director, Operational Due Diligence - ESG Officer, Aksia

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Amarik Ubhi

Partner, Global Head of Infrastructure, Mercer

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Ulla Agesen

Head of Infrastructure, Nordic Investment Opportunities

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Sabine Chalopin

Head of ESG, Denham Capital

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14:40 - 15:00

Meridiam and Infrastructure Investor Fireside Chat

Zak Bentley, Thierry Deau
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Zak Bentley

Americas Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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Thierry Deau

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure

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15:00 - 15:30

Coffee & networking with Emerging Markets and Digital Infrastructure attendees

ESG & Sustainability Forum 2023
15:30 - 16:05

Making biodiversity relevant for investment strategy

Mark Moseley, Irina Frolova, Marie-Laure Mazaud
  • Using biodiversity data to enhance decision making during the diligence process
  • How are fund managers assessing regulation such as the TNFD framework and Article 29?
  • Measuring positive and negative biodiversity impacts
  • Where and how can managers use natural capital solutions?

 

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Mark Moseley

Principal, Moseley Infrastructure Advisory Services

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Irina Frolova

Independent non-executive director & former Head of Infrastructure, PGGM

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Marie-Laure Mazaud

Chief Executive Officer, STOA Infra Energy

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16:05 - 16:35

Investor and Manager Scenario Session: Deal or No Deal

Anders Klinkby

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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Anders Klinkby

Managing Director, Position Green Advisory

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16:35 - 17:10

Networking roundtable discussion on the S & G

  • Supply chains
  • A just transition
  • Human rights
  • Labour rights
  • Gender diversity
  • Social licence
17:10 - 17:15

Closing comments from the chair

Jemima Atkins
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Jemima Atkins

Investment Professional, Pioneer Point Partners

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17:20 - 17:50

Keynote fireside chat: Putting ESG & sustainability at the heart of your real asset investment approach in 2023 and beyond

Bruno Alves, Isabelle Scemama
  • Executing cutting-edge sustainability methods across a global alternatives business unit
  • How infrastructure and real estate are increasingly intersecting and how this is defining your ESG approach
  • Reality bites? How can infrastructure funds counter present-day challenges like inflation, valuation volatility, soaring costs and other factors, whilst staying the distance on their ESG journey?

Moderator: Bruno Alves, Senior Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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Bruno Alves

Senior Editor, Infrastructure Investor

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Isabelle Scemama

Global Head, AXA IM Alts, Member of AXA IM Management Board, Member of the Board of Directors of EPRA

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17:50 - 19:00

Drinks Reception

Afolabi Oliver

Director, Operational Due Diligence - ESG Officer, Aksia

Afolabi Oliver Afolabi is a Director on the Operational Due Diligence team and has over 13 years of industry experience. His responsibilities include performing operational due diligence on European alternative investments, as well as performing ad-h… Read full bio

Ulla Agesen

Head of Infrastructure, Nordic Investment Opportunities

Ulla joined NIO in 2022 to set up a dedicated infrastructure solution to investors. Ulla has 20+ years of experience from the industry, throughout her career focusing on evaluating GPs/asset managers across liquid and illiquid markets. Most recently,… Read full bio

Paul Allard

Co-founder & CEO, impak

Entirely devoted to accelerating systemic change towards the impact economy, Paul Allard is a serial entrepreneur, sustainable finance engineer, impact innovator, and prominent voice in the Impact Revolution movement. He is the Co-founder and CEO of… Read full bio

Bruno Alves

Senior Editor, Infrastructure Investor

Bruno Alves is the Editor of Infrastructure Investor. Bruno has been a journalist for over 10 years and first joined Infrastructure Investor in December 2009, where he quickly rose to become Associate Editor and a leading writer covering the infrastr… Read full bio

Jemima Atkins

Investment Professional, Pioneer Point Partners

Jemima Atkins is an investment professional at Pioneer Point Partners, based in London, where she makes investments in European infrastructure assets in the energy transition and environment sectors. Pioneer only invests in sustainable infrastructure… Read full bio

Karolina Attspodina

Co-Founder & CEO, WeDoSolar GmbH

Founded a company in the field of renewable energy which focuses on smart balcony solar. Background in Sales & Marketing of tech products and its Internationalisation to new markets. Has a mission to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe so that we can… Read full bio
Annette Bannister, MetLife

Annette Bannister

Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management

Annette Bannister is a Managing Director and Head of European Infrastructure and Project Finance for MetLife Investment Management (“MIM”). Annette is responsible for overseeing the origination and execution of new infrastructure debt transactions in… Read full bio

Zak Bentley

Americas Editor, Infrastructure Investor

Zak Bentley is Americas editor at Infrastructure Investor, based in New York. Zak joined Infrastructure Investor in London in 2016 from Centaur where he was a reporter at their Clean Energy Pipeline title. He now leads Infrastructure Investor’s cover… Read full bio

François Bergere

Executive Director, LTIIA (Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association)

François BERGERE, joined the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association as Executive Director in September 2018. He has a long and diversified professional experience in the fields of public management, project and infrastructure finance, having… Read full bio

Ryan Bisch

Director, Private Markets - Ontario Power Generation

Ryan Bisch joined Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in 2015 as director, private markets. Ryan’s role focuses on the portfolio management of the infrastructure and special opportunities portfolios for the $13 billion OPG Pension Fund and the $18 billion… Read full bio

Joss Blamire

Director of Infrastructure, 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

Sabine Chalopin

Head of ESG, 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

Gwen Colin

Head of ESG, Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Gwen Colin is the ESG Director of Vauban Infrastructure Partners, in charge of overseeing the ESG methodology evolution and its alignment with Vauban IP long term strategy. Gwen was previously a consultant for PE/Infra funds looking to develop their… Read full bio

Thierry Deau

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure

Thierry Deau Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam Thierry Déau founded Meridiam in 2005 with the belief that the alignment of interests between the public and private sector can provide critical solutions to the collective needs of communiti… Read full bio
Silva Dezelan

Dr. Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

Dr. Silva Dezelan is Stafford’s ESG Director and a member of the Executive Management Board. Prior to joining Stafford Silva worked for Robeco where she was responsible for ESG integration and the implementation of ESG engagement across different pri… Read full bio

Christophe Dossarps

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation

Since 2014, as CEO of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF), Christophe Dossarps has conducted the development and implementation of SOURCE in collaboration with the relevant partners and stakeholders involved in the process – multilateral… 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

Dylan Foo

Head of Global Infrastructure, Apollo Global Management

Mr. Foo is a Partner and Head of Infrastructure at Apollo. Mr. Foo has more than 20 years of industry experience investing in Asia, UK, Europe and North America, with a particular focus on mid-market assets in transportation, telecommunications and s… Read full bio

Irina Frolova

Independent non-executive director & former Head of Infrastructure, PGGM

Irina Frolova brings over 20 years of international experience in investment management and corporate finance. For the past 8 years she helped to build the EUR 14 bln flagship direct open-ended private equity infrastructure fund at PGGM, most recentl… Read full bio

Fabian Gröne

Partner, EQT

Fabian Gröne is a founding Partner of EQT’s long-term Active Core Infrastructure Fund based in Munich. Before taking up his current role in 2021, he built and led EQT’s Infrastructure team across the Asia-Pacific region after starting in EQT‘s Privat… Read full bio

Lydia Guett

Sustainable and Impact Investing Specialist, Cambridge Associates

Lydia is a Director in the Sustainable and Impact Investing Group at Cambridge Associates, working on the integration of ESG and Impact investment strategies into client portfolios, as well as ESG/Impact investment research. She works with Endowments… Read full bio

Lucinda Hearth

Head of ESG, Infrastructure, DWS

Lucinda is Head of ESG for DWS Infrastructure. Lucinda has overall responsibility for developing DWS Infrastructure’s ESG strategy, including the consideration of ESG throughout the investment process and ongoing management of portfolio companies, an… Read full bio

Mike Hoverman

Principal, Head of Global Partners, CIM Group

Michael Hoverman is a Principal and Head of the Global Partners Group, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael oversees the Global Partners group at CIM, which is responsible for building strong relationships withCIM’s institutional partners and… Read full bio

Anders Klinkby

Managing Director, Position Green Advisory

Anders Klinkby is Managing Director at Position Green. He is a trusted advisor for leading asset owners and asset managers within infrastructure, private equity and venture. Before joining Position Green Anders was co-founder and CEO at Klinkby Enge,… Read full bio

Vittorio Lacagnina

Partner, Apollo Global Management

Vittorio Lacagnina is a Partner in the Institutional Client & Product Solutions group at Apollo where he leads capital formation for Infrastructure. Prior to joining Apollo in 2022, Vittorio was Managing Director & Head of Business Developmen… Read full bio

Sam Lissner

Principal, Ridgewood Infrastructure

Sam Lissner leads Ridgewood Infrastructure’s ESG and sustainability initiatives related to the firm’s investments in water, power, energy and other infrastructure. Prior to joining Ridgewood in 2013, he focused on investments in distributed renewable… Read full bio

Marie-Laure Mazaud

Chief Executive Officer, STOA Infra Energy

Background: Marie-Laure has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, project financing and governance. Previously Executive Director in charge of the transport sector at the CDC, she has also held the positions of Director… Read full bio

Mark Moseley

Principal, Moseley Infrastructure Advisory Services

Following his career at the World Bank and the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub), and after more than 40 years as an international infrastructure specialist, Mark Moseley established, in August 2019, Moseley Infrastructure Advisory Services (MMM Inf… Read full bio

Shami Nissan

Partner, Head of Sustainability, Actis

Shami leads Actis’ approach to responsible and impact investment, working closely with investment colleagues and company management to assess and manage ESG issues, helping to build world-class businesses and to deliver societal benefits. Before join… Read full bio

Teresa O’Flynn

Partner, Co-Head Ara Infrastructure, Ara Partners

Teresa joined Ara Partners in 2022. She has more than twenty years of sustainable investing expertise with extensive renewable power energy infrastructure experience. Prior to Ara Partners she held several senior roles at BlackRock having joined the… Read full bio

Isabelle Scemama

Global Head, AXA IM Alts, Member of AXA IM Management Board, Member of the Board of Directors of EPRA

Isabelle Scemama is Global Head of AXA IM Alts. Isabelle oversees AXA IM’s €184bn alternative business unit, AXA IM Alts, which employs over 800 people located in 17 offices, serving the needs of more than 500 clients globally. AXA IM Alts is a globa… Read full bio

Cameron Talbot-Stern

Senior Responsible Investment & ESG Manager - Infrastructure, APG Asset Management

Cameron leads the ESG integration for APGs ~€25bn Private Markets Infrastructure Portfolio and has done so since 2019. He has 14 years’ experience working across infrastructure and real estate with a focus on energy/sustainability, project/corporate… Read full bio

Amarik Ubhi

Partner, Global Head of Infrastructure, Mercer

Amarik Ubhi is Global Head of Infrastructure in Mercer's Alternatives group. He is responsible for overseeing the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of infrastructure investment opportunities, and also the construction of infrastructure portfolio… Read full bio

Simon Whistler

Head of Real Assets, Principles for Responsible Investment

Simon joined the PRI in 2018 and leads the organisation’s work on real assets. He works with real assets investors to support their understanding and implementation of responsible investment, including on issues such as climate change, human rights,… Read full bio

Huw Williams

Head Investor Relations, BEIS

Huw Williams heads Investor and Financial Stakeholder relations at BEIS (the UK Department for Energy and Business) and has been in the role for four years. His current major focus is on the finance for new nuclear in the UK, but he covers the range… Read full bio

Dr. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

Partner, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is a Finance & Projects and M&A practitioner, qualified in Austria, England and Wales, New York and Slovenia. Her practice covers the entire financial services and infrastructure sector as well as a broad range of addit… Read full bio