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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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Best practice in sustainability to improve investment strategy

Driving global connectivity through investing in innovation

The private infrastructure industry’s annual general meeting

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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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  • And much more …

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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

09:30 - 10:15

How to deal with the increased challenges facing ESG

Karolina Attspodina, Simon Whistler
  • 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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Karolina Attspodina

Co-Founder & CEO, WeDoSolar GmbH

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Simon Whistler

Head of Real Assets, Principles for Responsible Investment

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10:15 - 11:00

Practical roadmap for achieving net zero in infrastructure

Catharina Dyvik, Ryan Bisch
  • 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?
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Catharina Dyvik

Director Sustainable Finance, SYSTEMIQ

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Ryan Bisch

Director, Private Markets - Ontario Power Generation

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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, Annette Bannister, Dr. Silva Deželan, 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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Annette Bannister, MetLife

Annette Bannister

Managing Director, MetLife Investment Management

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Silva Dezelan

Dr. Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

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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, Lucinda Hearth, Sam Lissner
  • 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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Lucinda Hearth

Head of ESG, Infrastructure, DWS

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Sam Lissner

Principal, Ridgewood Infrastructure

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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?

Afolabi Oliver, Amarik Ubhi, Huw Williams
  • 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
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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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Huw Williams

Head Investor Relations, BEIS

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14:40 - 15:00

Case study: managing physical risk throughout investments

  • How can physical risk be addressed in the pre-investment process where timelines are short?
  • Theoretical risk vs actual risk: Do managers have the capacity to assess this properly with so much uncertainty?
  • Is adapting assets just a cost or does it add financial value? How do you build into valuation/pricing models?
  • Are all managers just doing the same thing on physical risk?
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

Martin Bresson, Irina Frolova
  • 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?

Moderator: Martin Bresson, Director Public Affairs, Invest Europe

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Martin Bresson

Public Affairs Director, Invest Europe

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Irina Frolova

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

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16:05 - 16:35

Investor and Manager Scenario Session: Deal or No Deal

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.

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

17:20 - 17:50

Keynote Interview

Amal-Lee Amin

Managing Director and Head Climate Change, British International Investment

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

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

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

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
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

Hans-Peter Egler

International Expert in Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Value Chains, South Pole Group

Hans-Peter Egler is economist and has 30 years of experience in international cooperation in the areas of trade, production, investment and infrastructure including environment and social issues. Thereby he has worked with businesses and financial en… 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

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

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

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

Teresa O’Flynn

Partner, Co-Head Ara Infrastructure, Ara Partners

Teresa joined Ara Partners in 2022 and co-leads the Firm’s infrastructure strategy. She has more than twenty years of sustainable investing expertise with extensive renewable power energy infrastructure experience, both in the fund management sector… Read full bio

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

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

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

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

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