Creating value through ESG investments

The inaugural PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Tokyo will be running on 9 October 2020, bringing together Japan’s leading institutional investors with fund managers, and key strategic partners to discuss the latest ESG trends and effective implementations to create value for private equity portfolios.

As the last decade’s rise of responsible investment strategies around the world takes hold in Asia, many of Japan’s largest LPs are incorporating ESG into their investment processes. This focus on investment principles beyond the bottom-line makes integrating ESG into your value creation essential to receive allocations from Japan’s behemoth institutional investors.

Focused specifically on private equity markets, the Forum is a great chance to explore the responsible investment strategies at the forefront of market trends and understand how they impact major Japanese LPs capital allocation strategies.

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Tokyo brings you great opportunities networking with the trailblazers of the strategy in Asia and global opinion leaders. If you are looking at raising capital in Japan for global private equity or integrating ESG into your Asian PE portfolio, you must attend this Forum.

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Meet only private equity responsible investment thought-leaders

Connect with investors

Understand how Japanese LPs are benchmarking corporate governance in private equity, how it impacts the manager selection process and fundraising best practices in Japan.

Hear from corporate governance leaders

Understand the needs of Japan’s LPs to align your ESG policy with a private equity fund manager’s primary responsibility of delivering returns to investors.

Lead the discussion in Asia

By joining PEI’s responsible investment community in Tokyo, you will lead the conversation on creating sustainable value in private equity at our first conference in Asia.

2020 Advisory Board and Speakers

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Rick Walters, Director, Infrastructure

This conference boldly showed where ESG and investing are heading. The streams on asset classes were particularly illuminating. Thank you.

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If you are serious about integrating ESG into your investment strategy, you should attend this conference.


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Connecting the most influential LPs at the forefront of allocating capital to global funds

PEI’s Responsible Investment Forum arrives in Tokyo to provide our industry-leading private equity community together with Japanese LPs. Only the most influential LPs and GPs will be in attendance to ensure that everyone you meet is a valuable contact.

ESG issues have always been the top discussion of all PEI’s editorial coverage, with our reporters consistently following and scrutinizing the ways in which managers around the world are adopting responsible investment practices and what LPs are looking for as they consider investing in private equity.

Key Topics include-

  • Addressing ESG in private equity
  • When technology met ESG
  • Why ESG fundamental to the private equity investment
  • Climate investors turn up the heat
  • Big data and ESG

Download Responsible Investment 2020 Compendium

Key Content includes-

  • The biggest ESG factors for investors
  • LPs take a stand on climate
  • ESG needs to start from the top
  • Lessons from a decade of ESG
  • How ESG can drive returns

and more…

For any enquiries on the 2020 programme, please contact Niann Lai on at

Day 1
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Day 1 - Friday 9th

Day 1
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and coffee

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome from PEI and Chair's opening remarks

09:20 - 09:50

Opening panel: Addressing ESG in private equity

  • How ESG has evolved into a strategy in private equity and how it is making a difference for LPs
  • Asia’s best practices of integrating ESG into private equity investments
  • How have LPs transformed their mindsets to incorporate ESG into their plans
  • Frontier market – can LPs invest in developing markets and in compliance with ESG?
09:50 - 10:10

FSA address

• What practices can LPs adopt to improve governance culture, especially in the
Japanese context?
• Updates on Japan’s corporate governance, sustainable initiatives and engagement.
• Fiduciary duty and what is next?

10:10 - 10:40

Case studies: When technology meets ESG

• What are the technologies being used by private equity firms?
• Cyber risks, security issues and future technologies

10:40 - 11:10

Networking refreshments

11:10 - 11:40

LP interview: Why ESG is fundamental to private equity investment

• How to set an ESG ambitious which is achievable target
• What is the timeline to measure performance?
• Why ESG matters to LPs? Which LPs are most focused on it?

11:40 - 12:20

Panel: Embracing diversity and inclusion

• Japan is facing a talent shortage with its ageing population, and women
empowerment could be one of the solutions. What to do in this talent war?
• With today’s technology and social network, what are the issues faced in
acquiring talent and can we improve it?
• How a diverse team goes hand-in-hand with high performance and provides
powerful motivational insights?
• How to future-proof your workforce?

12:20 - 13:00

Panel: Climate investors turn up the heat

• Tackle climate change through private equity and what LPs need to do
• Converting policy into practice: Why climate change will affect the ability to
generate high-level long-term returns and span the portfolio?
• Considerations of upcoming initiatives

13:00 - 14:10

Networking lunch

14:10 - 14:40

Presentation: Big data and ESG

• The value of big data on ESG and benchmark for ESG performance
• In what way to support GPs to develop robust ESG capabilities amidst emerging expectations to manage risks and opportunities?

14:40 - 15:20

Panel: ESG due diligence

• While enhancing the data disclosure and growing a culture of transparency are
important, do investors have enough analysis tools and how could they be used?
• Why ESG performance should be measured at a more granular level?
• Best practices in integrating ESG factors during the investment process from due diligence stage to post-transaction

15:20 - 15:50

Networking refreshments

15:50 - 16:20

Panel: ESG in multi-asset portfolio

• ESG risks and opportunities across asset classes: real estate, infrastructure and
private debt
• Analysing challenges associated with Japan’s current roadmap
• Can ESG be used a part of long term and sustainable value creation strategy?

16:20 - 16:50

Closing LP panel

  • What are the key considerations for LPs as it relates to responsible investment? Can a nuanced approach make a big change?
  • Is ESG the top priority in your KPI of asset managers?
  • To achieve investment returns within an ESG framework and how to apply this during the manager selection process and differentiate the asset managers from each other?
  • In the next ten years plan, what are the challenges? How to evolve the responsible investment through 2021 and beyond?
16:50 - 17:50

Chair’s remarks and close of conference

2020 Advisory Board and Speakers

Sophia Cheng

CIO, Cathay Financial Holdings

Sophia Cheng is the Chief Investment Officer of Cathay Financial Holdings and also teaches in the Department of Intl Business of National Taiwan University. Sophia has 25 years of experience in research and investment with last position acting as Cha… Read full bio

Shuichi Hayashida

Head of Japan, World Bank Group, MIGA

Shuichi Hayashida is Head of Japan and Senior Underwriter for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Hayashida works out of Tokyo office to further the Wor… Read full bio

Ryuichi Horie

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory

Horie is Co-founder and CEO of CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co., Ltd., which focuses on advisory on ESG integration in the real estate and infrastructure sectors as well as research on policy and market with respect to sustainable finance. H… Read full bio

Takahiro Kato

Executive Officer, Head of Global Fund Investment, DBJ Asset Management

Takahiro Kato is responsible for investments in infrastructure and energy funds as a gate keeper, which includes not only global and regional universe but also Japanese domestic infrastructure mandate. Takahiro joined DBJ group in 1995, and experienc… Read full bio

Keith Lee

Senior Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF

Keith is co-head of the WWF Asia Sustainable Finance team and leads the team’s workstream on responsible investment. This involves developing and guiding the execution of the team’s strategy to accelerate the uptake of responsible investment best pra… Read full bio

Therése Lennehag

Head of Sustainability, EQT Partners

Therése Lennehag is Head of Sustainability at EQT since 2014. Since joining EQT Partners in 2009, she has worked closely with the organization on integrating responsible investment and ownership practices to capture the investment and business opport… Read full bio

Alex Lynn

Senior Reporter, Private Equity International

Alex Lynn is Senior Reporter for Private Equity International in Hong Kong, where he’s responsible for breaking news, commentary and analysis of the Asia-Pacific private equity markets. Alex previously spent two years covering EMEA private equity mar… Read full bio

Liza McDonald

Head of Responsible Investments, First State Super

Liza has over 20 years’ experience in the superannuation sector, and is a specialist and passionate advocate for Responsible Investments. As Head of Responsible Investments, she has led the development and implementation of the Fund’s Responsible Inv… Read full bio
Heather McLeish EY Consulting

Heather McLeish

Director - Financial Services Advisory, EY Consulting

Heather McLeish is a Director EY Advisory focusing on business development in the Financial Services Sector. Heather started her career in EY Japan by building the Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice in 2015 and was responsibl… Read full bio
Rilwan Meeran MassMutual

Rilwan Meeran

Portfolio Manager, Head of Impact Investments, MassMutual

Rilwan is a Portfolio manager and Head of Impact investing at MassMutual. Rilwan has 20 years of private equity, investment banking, and operations experience. Prior to MassMutual, Rilwan was with Flat World Partners, where he was Director of Impact… Read full bio

Shoji Misawa

Managing Director , Strategic Investment Department, Energy and Eco Services Headquarters, ORIX Corporation

Shoji Misawa serves as Managing Director at the Strategic Investment Dept. within Energy and Eco Service Business HQ in ORIX Corporation (ORIX). ORIX currently operates over 1GW of renewable energy platform throughout Japan. Misawa joined ORIX in 198… Read full bio

Megan Starr

Global Head of Impact, The Carlyle Group

Megan Starr is the Global Head of Impact for The Carlyle Group. She is based in New York. In her role, Ms. Starr works to design and execute Carlyle’s cohesive, long-term impact strategy. She also oversees the dedicated ESG team, which leads the firm… Read full bio

Soichi Sam Takata

Head of Private Equity, Tokio Marine Asset Management

Soichi Sam Takata has been with Tokio Marine Asset Management since the creation of the private equity investment team in 2002. Before that, Mr. Takata was at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (Tokio Marine) working in their alternative inves… Read full bio

Sayaka Takatsuka

Senior Director, Impact Investment Team, Shinsei Corporate Investment

After engaging in Economic and Commercial Section in Argentine Embassy in Japan, Ms. Takatsuka has worked for Shinsei Bank Group since 2004 at principal investment area, including non-performing loan investment, securitization, real-estate non-recour… Read full bio

Shunsuke Tanahashi

Representative Director and President, Partners Group Japan

Shunsuke Tanahashi is Head of Partners Group's Tokyo office and Head of Partners Group Japan Kabushiki Kaisha, Client Solutions for Japan as part of the Asian Client Solutions business unit. He was a member of Expert Group Member of PRI in 2005, and… Read full bio
Jun Tsusaka Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko

Jun Tsusaka

CEO, CIO and Chairman of the ESG Committee, Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko (NSSK)

Jun Tsusaka is a Founding Partner, CEO and CIO of Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko Ltd. (NSSK), an investment firm focused on Japanʼ s middle market. He is also Chairman of the Firm’s ESG, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. NSSK currently manages three inv… Read full bio

Miyuki Zeniya

Head of Sustainable Finance and General Manager, Investment Planning Department & Responsible Investment Department, The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company

Ms. Miyuki Zeniya is Head of Sustainable Finance at The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company whose AUM is about 36 trillion yen and is General manager of Corporate Planning Unit of Dai-ichi Life Holdings. She is responsible for ESG integration for all ass… Read full bio
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The PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Tokyo 2020 offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile by meeting with Japanese LPs actively searching for global responsible investments and a global audience of senior decision-makers in the private equity industry.

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