Proving the value of ESG in private equity

In its 10th anniversary, the longest running Private Equity meeting focused on bringing together GPs and LPs to discuss ESG issues and market trends in alternatives will return in June. Attracting over 300 delegates from more than 30 countries, this event is not to be missed.

Whilst ESG has grown due to LPs demanding managers to adopt stricter ESG principles, GPs are increasingly seeing how implementing ESG can add tangible value. This Forum presents the perfect opportunity to discuss the state of the industry with your peers and to be a part of a must-attend event for alternative asset professionals with an interest in ESG and responsible investment.

Highlights in 2019

Create meaningful relationships

Connect with and hear from more private equity professionals than ever before throughout the event and have open discussion with your peers in our unique agenda focused on creating valuable opportunities.

Special 10th anniversary edition

Our 10th anniversary event will create the perfect opportunity to discuss how far the industry has come and what there is left to do.

Learn from your industry peers

Discussion of evolving topic areas such as linking impacts to ESG, implementing SDGs, managing water risk, climate risk strategy, influencing investment teams and much more.

Agenda highlights in 2019

Keynote speech from David Lomas of Blackrock explaining why the world’s largest asset manager is committed to ESG.

New kids on the block discussing what the rise of impact investing means for private equity.

Substantial variety of topics including the rise of governance, utilising data, human capital, tax, SASB standards, regulatory updates and much more.

ESG value creation case studies to learn from those involved in these successful deals.

Workshop sessions focused on realistic climate risk strategy for Private Equity & SDG implementation to give you practical takeaways to take back to the office.

 

Keynote speaker

David Lomas

Managing Director, Global Head of BlackRock Alternative Specialists

BlackRock

“Over the last decade we have seen growing recognition among investors that a company’s management of environmental, social, and governance matters can be a key indicator of its ability to deliver long term sustainable growth and investor returns.

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the conversation around how ESG can help create long-term value for private equity investors. As a fiduciary to our clients, BlackRock seeks to incorporate material ESG factors into our investment process, which can help us better assess investment risks and opportunities.”

Testimonials

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TRC Solutions

The Responsible Investment Forum gives a unique insight into the current perspectives of GPs, how they deal with these expectations and their practical response…

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ARCADIS

Expert speaker panel and excellent networking opportunities – one of the best events I have attended this year

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Global Environment Fund

Excellent line up of speakers and a very relevant attendee list which helped understand the latest ESG trends and to connect one on one to investment profession…

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Day 1 - Wednesday 5th

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2019
08:00 - 08:30

Registration & networking breakfast

08:30 - 08:40

PEI Welcome

08:40 - 08:50

Chairperson’s welcome

Alison Hampton
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Alison Hampton

Founder, Alma Verde Advisors

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08:50 - 09:05

PRI Update

Fiona Reynolds
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Fiona Reynolds

CEO, PRI Association

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09:05 - 09:30

Keynote: Outlining why the world’s largest asset manager is committed to ESG

David Lomas
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David Lomas

Managing Director - Global Head BAS, BlackRock

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09:30 - 10:20

10 years of ESG in private equity: How far have we come?

Fiona Reynolds, Adam Black, Geoffrey Geiger, Rob Lucas, Oliver Millet, Tom Rotherham-Winqvist
  • Is the industry too quick to congratulate itself?
  • How far have LP expectations moved in the past decade? Are some LP boards kicking back on ESG?
  • Who and what can move the needle further?

Moderated by: Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI

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Fiona Reynolds

CEO, PRI Association

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Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

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Geoffrey Geiger

Head of Private Equity Funds & Co-Investments, USS

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Rob Lucas

Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners

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Oliver Millet

Member of the Eurazeo Executive Board and Chairman of the Eurazeo PME Executive Board

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Tom Rotherham-Winqvist

Managing Director, Wafra

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10:20 - 11:00

New kids on the block? the emergence of impact funds in private equity

Silva Deželan, Michele Giddens OBE, Kirk Hourdajian, Greg Shell
  • What can traditional PE funds learn from impact funds?
  • Exploration on how and why traditional funds are launching impact strategies
  • Investor views on impact compared to traditional PE: are ESG and impact the same thing?
  • Is private equity buy-in proof of the impact investment concept?

Moderated by: Silva Deželan, Director – Sustainability & Private Equity, Robeco

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Silva Deželan

Director Sustainability - Private Equity, Robeco

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Michele Giddens OBE

Co-founder & Partner, Bridges Fund Management

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Kirk Hourdajian

Senior Advisor – Sustainability & ESG, TPG

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Greg Shell

Managing Director – Double Impact, Bain Capital

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2019
11:30 - 12:10

Using data to drive ESG performance and proving impact

Jeffrey Altman, Ellen de Kreij, Shami Nissan, Amy O'Brien, Fiona Place
  • GP practices for defining meaningful and relevant datapoints that support ESG management and reporting to LPs
  • How are GPs using datapoints to prove positive impact?
  • What is the quality of ESG reporting required for exit?

 

Moderated by: Jeffrey Altman, Senior Advisor, Mercatus

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Jeffrey Altman

Senior Advisor, Mercatus

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Ellen de Kreij

Operating Advisor - Sustainability, Apax Partners

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Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

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Amy O'Brien

SMD - Head of Responsible Investing, Nuveen

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Fiona Place

Associate Director, Anthesis

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12:10 - 12:50

The UN SDGs: a call to action that is being answered

Alan Kao, MaryKate Bullen, Carmela Mondino, Tapiwa Muranda, Anna Ryott
  • Are the UN SDGs a business opportunity for GPs?
  • How SDGs can be used to show impact
  • In practice: how are investors mapping positive and negative impact on SDGs across the portfolio and what are they doing with the information?

Moderated by: Alan Kao, Principal, Ramboll

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Alan Kao

Principal, Ramboll

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MaryKate Bullen

Associate Director – Sustainability & Communications - New Forests

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Carmela Mondino

Associate, ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group

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Tapiwa Muranda

Investment Officer, Leapfrog Investments

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Anna Ryott

Chairperson, Summa Equity

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12:50 - 13:30

Urgent action required: climate risks and opportunities in the portfolio

Joy Williams, Craig Davies, Charles Gooderham, Ritu Kumar
  • How successful has PE been in implementing the changes proposed by the FSB taskforce?
  • What is the role of private equity in the low carbon transition?
  • Which type of assets are most exposed to climate risk? Where might there be opportunities?
  • Investor views on funds exposure to climate risk

Moderated by: Joy Williams, Senior Advisor, Mantle 314

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Joy Williams

Senior Advisor, Mantle

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Craig Davies

Head Climate Resilience Investments, EBRD

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Charles Gooderham

Partner, ERM

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Ritu Kumar

Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility

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13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

Stream A
14:30 - 15:10

Human Capital: How ESG can be crucial in helping to attract and retain talent

Helen Pradas-Page, Therése Lennehag, Barbara Levéel, Caroline Löfgren, Michèle Meier
  • To what extent are top graduates taking the sustainability ambitions and practices of employers into consideration
  • What are the key considerations for millennials when assessing potential employers?
  • Accelerating diversity to improve company performance

Moderated by: Helen Pradas-Page, Principal Consultant – ESG & Responsible Investment, Acre

 

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Helen Pradas-Page

Head of ESG, Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Acre

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Therése Lennehag

Head of Sustainability, EQT Partners

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Barbara Levéel

Head of HR for Global Markets & FIC, BNP Paribas

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Caroline Löfgren

Head of Responsible Investment, Hg

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Michèle Meier

Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibilities - Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

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15:10 - 15:50

Emerging issues: Managing reputational risk in a changing world

Denise Delaney, Michael Hall , Maaike van der Schoot, Adinah Shackleton
  • To what extent is it possible to manage reputational risk during due diligence?
  • How to react to issues in a 24-hour news cycle
  • Monitoring risks throughout the supply chain
  • Case studies where private equity firms have been caught up in a scandal and addressed it head on

Moderated by: Denise Delaney, Director, SustainAbility – an ERM group company

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Denise Delaney

Senior Director, SustainAbility - an ERM group company

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Michael Hall

ESG Manager, Development Partners International

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Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

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Adinah Shackleton

Head of ESG, Permira

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15:50 - 16:30

Climate risk workshop: practical suggestions for private equity

Youri Lie
  • To what extent is scenario analysis realistic and necessary?
  • How to analyse transition and physical risk across your portfolio
  • Finding hotspots in your portfolio and how to latch onto them
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Youri Lie

Manager Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

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Stream B
14:30 - 15:10

Measuring Impact: the asset owner view

Emmanuel Parmentier, Anna Follér, Keimpe Keuning, Maurice Klaver
  • Impact vs. ESG in asset owners’ responsible investment strategies
  • Role of private assets
  • LPs expectations on private asset managers and best practices observed

Moderated by: Emmanuel Parmentier, Partner, INDEFI

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Emmanuel Parmentier

Partner, INDEFI

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Anna Follér

Sustainability Manager, Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund

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Keimpe Keuning

Executive Director, LGT Capital Partners

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Maurice Klaver

Investment Manager, PGGM

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15:10 - 15:50

Regulatory update: What’s new and what is coming?

Simon Witney
  • How will the EU’s new sustainability regulations impact private equity?
  • Portfolio company governance: the Wates Guidelines and stakeholder disclosures.
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Simon Witney

Special Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton

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15:50 - 16:30

SDG workshop: Developing a focused approach to the SDGs

Alan Kao

Short introductory remarks will be followed by the audience splitting into working groups

  • How are companies addressing the SDGs (for example, how is a major car company contributing to SDG3?)
  • How do the SDGs fit into ESG and impact investing?
  • What do the SDGs tell you about mindfulness and intentionality?
  • How can the SDGs help you focus your investment strategy?
  • How are the SDGs like shopping at the grocery store?
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Alan Kao

Principal, Ramboll

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Stream C
14:30 - 15:10

Why ESG and infrastructure are such natural bedfellows

Simon Whistler, Laura Canas da Costa, Sabine Chalopin, Tim Clare, Valeria Rosati
  • To what extent is ESG an important value creation driver in infrastructure?
  • How ESG implementation differs for debt and equity investors
  • How is ESG considered in asset Due Diligence vs Stewardship?

Moderated by: Simon Whistler, Senior Manager, UNPRI

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Simon Whistler

Senior Manager, UNPRI

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Laura Canas da Costa

Senior Advisor on Sustainable Finance, WWF Switzerland

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Sabine Chalopin

ESG Manager, Denham Capital

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Tim Clare

Director, Anthesis

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Valeria Rosati

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

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15:10 - 15:50

Integrating ESG in real estate investment strategies

Roxana Isaiu, Abigail Dean, Chris Strathon, Derk Welling, Ian Williamson
  • What are investors’ expectations regarding performance, reporting and engagement of ESG?
  • Aligning sustainability and investment strategies across the portfolio
  • Measuring success: how ESG strategies are enhancing risk-adjusted returns
  • ESG performance improvements: from risk reduction to value creation

 

Moderated by: Roxana Isaiu, Director – ESG & Real Estate, GRESB

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Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

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Abigail Dean

Head of Sustainability, Nuveen Real Estate

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Chris Strathon

Director - Valuation Advisory, JLL

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Derk Welling

Senior Responsible Investment & Governance Specialist, APG Asset Management

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Ian Williamson

Director - Real Estate, BlackRock Real Assets

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15:50 - 16:30

Forestry and ESG – A ‘natural’ fit in a growing asset class

Sarah Clawson, Ralph Kretschmer, Mark de Nooij, Rachel Pasternack, Jos Lemmens
  • Forestry risk, return, and portfolio characteristics
  • How does responsible investment support forestry risk management?
  • Opportunities for market growth in the circular and low-carbon economy
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Sarah Clawson

Director, Investor Relations, New Forests

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Ralph Kretschmer

Founder and Managing Partner, EBG Investment Solutions

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Mark de Nooij

Senior Portfolio Manager, MN

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Rachel Pasternack

Global Strategies Program Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

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Jos Lemmens

Senior Portfolio Manager, APG

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PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2019
16:30 - 17:00

Coffee & networking

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2019
17:00 - 17:45

Networking Roundtable Discussions

Adam Black, Erika Blanckaert, Beatrice Böhm, Pooma Kimis, Ashley Knight, Mary Nicholson, Avantika Saisekar, Eva Yazhari

Led by an expert moderator, the roundtables will create an informal environment to discuss and debate ESG opportunities across different private equity strategies. Delegates will be able to move around tables, maximising networking and learning opportunities

  • Secondaries – Adam Black (Coller Capital)
  • Venture Capital – Beatrice Böhm (MVP)
  • Infrastructure – Mary Nicholson (MIRA)
  • Private Debt – Ashley Knight (Mercer)
  • Impact investment – Eva Yazhari (Beyond Capital Fund)
  • Emerging Markets Growth – Pooma Kimis (OMFIF)
  • First time funds – Avantika Saisekar (Wafra)
  • Invest Europe DDQ – Erika Blanckaert (Invest Europe) in tandem with Graeme Ardus (Triton Partners) and James Holley (Bridgepoint)
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Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

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Erika Blanckaert

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Invest Europe

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Beatrice Böhm

Business Analyst, MVP

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Pooma Kimis

Managing Director, OMFIF

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Ashley Knight

Investment Associate, Mercer Alternatives

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Mary Nicholson

Global Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

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Avantika Saisekar

Director - Sustainable Investment Group

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Eva Yazhari

CEO

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17:45 - 19:00

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Agenda

Day 2 - Thursday 6th

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2019
08:00 - 09:20

Invitation only LP & GP Breakfast Briefings

Emilie Bobin, Noëlla de Bermingham, Fiona Reynolds, Natasha Buckley, Joy Williams

LPs Invite only ic20 working breakfast
The PRI has commissioned research to support the 3rd edition of the Limited Partners Guide.
LPs are invited to comment on the findings and to provide their own reflections on practical solutions to market challenges. Their input will support the update of this cornerstone document for PRI’s work in private equity.

Natasha Buckley, Senior Manager – Private equity programme, PRI
Joy Williams, Senior Advisor, Mantle 314

GPs Invite only ic20 working breakfast

The Initiative Climate 2020 is the commitment of Private Equity players to join forces to contribute concretely to the fight against climate change.

This breakfast will be a unique opportunity for GPs to understand how the iC20 works in France and how this initiative could be deployed in other countries.

Emilie Bobin, Partner, PWC
Noella de Bermingham, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Eurazeo
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI

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Emilie Bobin

Partner, PwC

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Noëlla de Bermingham

CSR Manager, Eurazeo

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Fiona Reynolds

CEO, PRI Association

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Natasha Buckley

Senior Manager - Private equity programme, UNPRI

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Joy Williams

Senior Advisor, Mantle

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09:30 - 09:40

Chairperson's opening remarks

Alison Hampton
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Alison Hampton

Founder, Alma Verde Advisors

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09:40 - 10:25

To what extent is ESG is being taken more seriously by investment teams?

Tomas Sys, Jerome Duthu-Bengtzon , Natalie Kolbe, Christopher Walker, Angela Willetts
  • Influencing investment teams and CEOs to ensure ESG is not an afterthought
  • Connecting ESG professionals with CEOs to create value
  • Strengthening board oversight on ESG issues
  • Examining the role of ESG in due diligence; historically and now

Moderated by : Tomas Sys, Principal Consultant, Ramboll

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Tomas Sys

Principal Consultant, Ramboll

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Jerome Duthu-Bengtzon

Principal -Investment Team, Pantheon

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Natalie Kolbe

Partner - Private Equity, Actis

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Christopher Walker

Principal, HarbourVest Partners

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Angela Willetts

Managing Director - Co-Chair of Responsible Investment Committee, Capital Dynamics

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10:25 - 11:00

IMP Project: Raising the bar for impact measurement and management practice

Clara Barby, Kaori Shigiya
  • Explaining the challenges that the project is aiming to address
  • Building consensus on what constitutes good impact measurement and management practice
  • Approach and timeline for completing this ambitious project

Presented by: Clara Barby, Chief Executive, Impact Management Project

Introduced by: Kaori Shigiya, Head of SDGs, PRI

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Clara Barby

CEO, Impact Management Project

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Kaori Shigiya

Head of Sustainable Development Goals, PRI

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

PEI Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2019
11:30 - 12:20

ESG case studies highlighting the value of ESG

Sandy Trust, Stefano Bacci, Joshua Cherry-Seto, Wise Chigudu

3 case studies will be presented highlighting how and where ESG can add value. At the end of the presentations there will be a vote on the best case study

Moderated by: Sandy Trust, Senior Manager, EY

  • Blue Wolf: Suwannee Lumber Company
    • Joshua Cherry-Seto, CFO & CCO, Blue Wolf Capital Partners
  • Ambienta: Safim
    • Stefano Bacci, Partner & ESG Manager, Ambienta
  • Silverstreet: Silverlands
    • Wise Chigudu, Vice-President, Silverstreet Capital

 

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Sandy Trust

Senior Manager, EY

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Stefano Bacci

Partner & ESG Manager, Ambienta

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Joshua Cherry-Seto

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

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Wise Chigudu

Associate Director, SilverStreet Capital

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12:20 - 13:00

Taking a deeper dive into SASB standards

Jeff Cohen, Michael Cappucci, Jackie Roberts
  • How SASB standards are being used by private equity managers to improve the rigor of ESG integration into the investment decision making
  • An initial SASB overview to be provided followed by a deeper level of practical insight
  • How to think of material ESG factors and how SASB standards can help

Moderated by: Jeff Cohen, CAIA, Institutional Product Strategist, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

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Jeff Cohen

CAIA, Institutional Product Strategist, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

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Michael Cappucci

Senior Vice President - Sustainable Investing, Harvard Management Company

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Jackie Roberts

Chief Sustainability Officer, The Carlyle Group

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13:00 - 13:30

Oxford style debate: How far has the needle moved in 10 years?

Maarten Biermans, Ivo Dimov, Colin Etnire, Alison Hampton, Ebel Kemeling

This house believes that we no longer need a separate Responsible Investment Forum for private equity

Against the Motion:

Ebel Kemeling, Partner & Founder, Spring Associates
Maarten Biermans, Associate Principal, Rabobank

For the Motion:

Ivo Dimov, Consultant, Sancroft International
Colin Etnire, ESG Analyst, Carlyle

Referee:

Alison Hampton, Founder, Alma Verde Advistor

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Maarten Biermans

Associate Principal, Rabobank

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Ivo Dimov

ESG Consultant, Sancroft

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Colin Etnire

ESG Analyst, Carlyle Group

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Alison Hampton

Founder, Alma Verde Advisors

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Ebel Kemeling

Partner & Founder, Spring Associates

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13:30 - 14:00

Lunch

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For more information on speaking, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 20 7566 5444.

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Jeffrey Altman

Senior Advisor, Mercatus

Jeffrey is Managing Partner at e2T Capital Partners, a private equity fund targeting innovative fast growing European technology or service companies that provide "the picks, pans and shovels" to enable the global transition to sustainable energy. Je… Read full bio

Stefano Bacci

Partner & ESG Manager, Ambienta

Stefano Bacci is a Partner and Ambienta’s ESG Manager, and is based in London. He joined Ambienta in 2012 and has been involved in a number of transactions including Tower Light, Calucem, Oskar Nolte and IP Cleaning.Prior to joining Ambienta, he was… Read full bio

Clara Barby

CEO, Impact Management Project

Clara is currently serving as Chief Executive of the Impact Management Project: a forum for building global consensus on how to measure and manage impact. Clara previously led Bridges’ impact strategy throughout the investment cycle – from defining t… Read full bio

Erika Blanckaert

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Invest Europe

Erika Blanckaert is Senior Public Affairs Manager at Invest Europe. She represents Invest Europe’s 650 members before political and regulatory stakeholders and guides the agenda-setting work of the world’s largest private capital association. In addi… Read full bio

Noëlla de Bermingham

CSR Manager, Eurazeo

Noëlla de Bermingham joined Eurazeo in 2014 as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. She began her career in 2010 as Head of Sustainable development project within the Accor Group’s Sustainable development department. Noëlla’s work at Eurazeo incl… Read full bio

Maarten Biermans

Associate Principal, Rabobank

Maarten Biermans (1974) is responsible for the sustainable capital market solutions at Rabobank. By assisting with the issuance of sustainability linked loans and Green Bonds he helps with advancing sustainable finance across the globe. Before joinin… Read full bio

Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

Adam has been an ESG specialist for over 25 years (11 years in private equity). He is active with Invest Europe, the BVCA, Hong Kong VCA and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (including as a former member of the Private Equity St… Read full bio

Emilie Bobin

Partner, PwC

Emilie joined PwC’s Sustainability Department in France in 2007, where she is now Partner of the Department. Emilie has a strong expertise of the Private Equity sector since 2009. She works on many ESG due diligences, PE houses ESG strategy design, p… Read full bio

Beatrice Böhm

Business Analyst, MVP

Beatrice joined MVP as a Business Analyst in 2017. MVP is an independent Venture Capital fund concentrating on investments in leading-edge start-up companies with Transformative Technologies. Beatrice is supporting portfolio companies as board observ… Read full bio

Natasha Buckley

Senior Manager - Private equity programme, UNPRI

Natasha joined the PRI in August 2011. She is responsible for the PRI’s work in private equity, through which the PRI acts as a global platform to understand and share good practice, develop reporting practices and establish LP-GP alignment on expect… Read full bio

MaryKate Bullen

Associate Director – Sustainability & Communications - New Forests

MaryKate Bullen leads sustainability and communications for New Forests, a forestry investment manager focused on investing to create productive and sustainable landscapes with more than USD 3.5 billion in assets under management. MaryKate is respons… Read full bio

Michael Cappucci

Senior Vice President - Sustainable Investing, Harvard Management Company

Michael Cappucci is the senior vice president for compliance and sustainable investing of Harvard Management Company (HMC). He joined HMC in 2012. Michael helps to manage HMC’s sustainable investment program, where he focuses on integrating ESG facto… Read full bio

Laura Canas da Costa

Senior Advisor on Sustainable Finance, WWF Switzerland

Laura is a Senior Advisor for Sustainable Finance at WWF Switzerland. She is in charge of the network’s activities around the financing of sustainable infrastructure. Before joining WWF Switzerland, she worked as an investment manager at the sustaina… Read full bio

Sabine Chalopin

ESG Manager, Denham Capital

Sabine Chalopin is the ESG Manager to Power Deal Team and is responsible for screening, managing and monitoring investments for environmental and social risks and opportunities. She brings 11 years of power experience to the firm. Prior to joining De… Read full bio

Joshua Cherry-Seto

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Joshua Cherry-Seto is the Chief Financial Officer at Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a family of private equity funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. Mr. Cherry-Seto is responsible for oversight of finance oper… Read full bio

Wise Chigudu

Associate Director, SilverStreet Capital

Wise Chigudu is an Associate Director at SilverStreet Capital, a London and African based asset management firm focusing on impact investment into the agricultural sector. SilverStreet manages the largest African agricultural fund and has a track rec… Read full bio

Tim Clare

Director, Anthesis

Tim is the European lead for ESG at Anthesis Group, based in London. Tim has over twenty years of experience. His initial focus was on the direction of multi-site, multi-jurisdictional EHS due diligence projects undertaken as part of M&A transactions… Read full bio

Sarah Clawson

Director, Investor Relations, New Forests

Sarah Clawson leads New Forests’ investor relations team and oversees the company’s capital raising and client relations. This includes providing strategic direction and coordination for funds marketing and client services functions across New Forest… Read full bio

Jeff Cohen

CAIA, Institutional Product Strategist, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Jeff Cohen is an Institutional Product Strategist at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). In his role, Jeff educates and partners with institutional investors and asset owners facilitating dialogue on financially material industry sp… Read full bio

Craig Davies

Head Climate Resilience Investments, EBRD

Dr Davies lead EBRD’s climate resilience investment operations in emerging markets from North Africa to Central Asia. He leads a team that works with businesses, financial institutions, utilities and government agencies to understand how they are aff… Read full bio

Abigail Dean

Head of Sustainability, Nuveen Real Estate

Abigail Dean oversees the sustainability strategy, which positions Nuveen Real Estate as a global leader on environmental, social and governance issues. She also ensures that the business is well placed to pursue growth opportunities, while minimizin… Read full bio

Denise Delaney

Senior Director, SustainAbility - an ERM group company

A Director at SustainAbility, an ERM group company, based in London, Denise Delaney leads the development of sustainable strategies and stakeholder engagement for a variety of clients and partners. Denise is a proven expert in the pharmaceutical and… Read full bio

Silva Deželan

Director Sustainability - Private Equity, Robeco

As a Sustainability Director at Robeco Private Equity Mrs. Deželan is responsible for ESG integration and the implementation of ESG engagement across different private equity programs. She is currently a member of the PRI Private Equity Advisory Comm… Read full bio

Ivo Dimov

ESG Consultant, Sancroft

Ivo is an experienced sustainability consultant at Sancroft with focus on strategy design and ESG integration in investment practices. He has experience across Financial services, Energy, Food and Beverage, Agriculture, and Extractive sectors. Prior… Read full bio

Jerome Duthu-Bengtzon

Principal -Investment Team, Pantheon

Jérôme Duthu-Bengtzon, Principal in Pantheon’s European Investment Team, joined the firm in 2007 and has 16 years of private markets experience. Jérôme focuses on the analysis, evaluation and completion of infrastructure & real assets transactions, a… Read full bio

Colin Etnire

ESG Analyst, Carlyle Group

Colin Etnire is an ESG Analyst at Carlyle, based in Washington, DC. He is primarily responsible for supporting the firm’s Chief Sustainability Officer in integrating ESG into deal processes, strengthening portfolio companies’ sustainability efforts,… Read full bio

Anna Follér

Sustainability Manager, Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund

Anna Follér joined the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP6) in 2014 as sustainability manager. Anna’s work includes supporting the investment organisation in integrating ESG factors into the investment and ownership processes as well as refining… Read full bio

Ellen de Kreij

Operating Advisor - Sustainability, Apax Partners

Ellen de Kreij is responsible for the implementation of the Apax Partners Sustainability Programme and is a member of the Apax Operational Excellence team. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the… Read full bio

Geoffrey Geiger

Head of Private Equity Funds & Co-Investments, USS

Geoffrey Geiger joined USS in 2007. He has been involved in the growth of the Private Markets Group since inception, today he heads the indirect private equity activities of USS, overseeing a portfolio of over £4 billion across private equity funds a… Read full bio

Michele Giddens OBE

Co-founder & Partner, Bridges Fund Management

Michele co-founded Bridges in 2002 alongside Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen. As a partner, she focuses on strategy, investor relations, public affairs and social impact assessment. Michele has played a key role in the growth of the impact inv… Read full bio

Charles Gooderham

Partner, ERM

Charles joined ERM as a Partner, based in London, during 2018 focused on the provision of environmental and social (‘E&S’) advisory and due diligence services to the Financial Services sector. He leads climate risk/opportunity strategy and implementa… Read full bio

Michael Hall

ESG Manager, Development Partners International

Michael leads ESG and Impact work at DPI, a private equity firm focused on investing across Africa. With 15 years’ ESG experience, Michael has developed an extensive cross-sector, cross-industry view of the opportunities and challenges of ESG strateg… Read full bio

Alison Hampton

Founder, Alma Verde Advisors

Alison is the founder of Alma Verde Advisors, which she set up to provide consultancy and training services to private equity and other investors on responsible investment strategies. She is also an independent advisor at Sancroft, the sustainability… Read full bio

Kirk Hourdajian

Senior Advisor – Sustainability & ESG, TPG

Kirk Hourdajian advises TPG investment and operations teams on a wide range of sustainability, social impact and value creation initiatives and is based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to TPG, Mr. Hourdajian was a director in PwC’s Sustainable Business S… Read full bio

Roxana Isaiu

Director - Real Estate, GRESB

Roxana Isaiu is Director Real Estate for GRESB. Roxana holds an Msc in Corporate Finance and is responsible for the development and implementation of the ESG standards, as well as the benchmarking methodology for the real estate sector. Since joining… Read full bio

Alan Kao

Principal, Ramboll

Alan Kao is a Principal and Global Service Line Leader for Compliance, Strategy, and Transaction Services (CST) at Ramboll. The CST service line provides a broad range of environmental and social risk services related to the acquisition, operation, g… Read full bio

Ebel Kemeling

Partner & Founder, Spring Associates

Ebel is Partner and Founder of Spring Associates and responsible for the firm’s work in the private equity sector. His work for investors, banks and companies spans the globe, from the US, to Europe to China. Ebel has 20+ years of experience as an ad… Read full bio

Keimpe Keuning

Executive Director, LGT Capital Partners

Keimpe Keuning, CAIA (Dutch) is an executive director at LGT Capital Partners and is responsible for ESG and Sustainability in Private Markets. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, he was investment manager for sustainable private equity at RobecoSAM i… Read full bio

Pooma Kimis

Managing Director, OMFIF

Pooma Kimis became Managing Director at OMFIF on 1 January 2018, having previously been Deputy Managing Director. She continues her responsibilities for building and enhancing relationships with central banks, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds an… Read full bio

Maurice Klaver

Investment Manager, PGGM

Maurice Klaver is Senior Investment Manager within PGGM Private Equity, focused on investing in the sustainable investment themes food security, healthcare, water scarcity and climate. Maurice joined PGGM Private Equity in 2011 and worked until early… Read full bio

Ashley Knight

Investment Associate, Mercer Alternatives

Ashley Knight is a member of the Mercer Alternatives investment team in London where she focuses on sourcing, conducting due diligence on and investing across Private Equity and Private Debt investments. Ashley is a member of Mercer’s Sustainable Opp… Read full bio

Natalie Kolbe

Partner - Private Equity, Actis

Natalie joined Actis in 2003 and subsequently became the Partner responsible for the South Africa and West African offices. Natalie was a leading member of the deal teams who led the acquisition of Alexander Forbes, Paycorp, Tekkie Town, Savcio, Trac… Read full bio

Ralph Kretschmer

Founder and Managing Partner, EBG Investment Solutions

Ralph Kretschmer is the Founder and Managing Partner of EBG Investment Solutions AG based in Zurich, Switzerland. Ralph has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable finance and investment management across clean economy private equity, clean i… Read full bio

Ritu Kumar

Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility

Ritu has 20 years of global experience working on environment and social issues. As an economist based in London, she has built up extensive experience in value creation, research, capacity building, and management of environmental and social issues.… Read full bio

Jos Lemmens

Senior Portfolio Manager, APG

Jos is a Senior Portfolio Manager Natural Resources at APG Asset Management. The last 11 years he has been managing a global portfolio of investments mainly in Agriculture & Forestry , in a portfolio which is currently several billion EUR in size. In… 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

Barbara Levéel

Head of HR for Global Markets & FIC, BNP Paribas

Barbara Levéel joined BNP Paribas in 2002 from Argentina, working across disciplines and inter-departmentally. In 2014 Barbara was appointed to Head of Diversity and HR CSR. From there, she took on the role of Head of Human Resources for Global Marke… Read full bio

Youri Lie

Manager Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Youri is a manager in EY’s climate change and sustainability services practice. He works with investors in both public and private markets on their ESG an climate change strategies and integration. An accountant by trade, Youri worked at KPMG, the Gl… Read full bio

Caroline Löfgren

Head of Responsible Investment, Hg

As Head of Responsible Investment at PE firm Hg, Caroline covers all Environment, Social and Governance related topics at Hg and their portfolio. Caroline is part of both the Client Services and Operations Innovation teams, and is working actively wi… Read full bio

David Lomas

Managing Director - Global Head BAS, BlackRock

David A. Lomas, ACII, Managing Director, is Global Head of BlackRock Alternatives Specialists (BAS) driving client engagement across investment and distribution teams. He is a member of the EMEA Executive Steering Committee, the BlackRock Alternative… Read full bio

Rob Lucas

Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners

Rob is the European-based Co-Chairman of CVC’s Private Equity Board for all of Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. He also directly leads CVC’s Private Equity business in London and the UK and over-sees Sports, Entertainment & Media investing g… Read full bio

Michèle Meier

Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibilities - Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.

A dynamic, passionate and highly engaged leader, Michèle Meier is, since 2012, the global head of corporate communications, marketing and social responsibility at Ivanhoé Cambridge. She has more than 25 years of experience in these functions within a… Read full bio

Oliver Millet

Member of the Eurazeo Executive Board and Chairman of the Eurazeo PME Executive Board

Chairman of the Eurazeo PME Executive Board since 2005, Olivier is also member of the Executive Board of Eurazeo since march 2018, Olivier Millet was Chairman of France Invest (ex AFIC – the French Private Equity Association) (2016-2018), also Vice-C… Read full bio

Carmela Mondino

Associate, ESG & Sustainability, Partners Group

Carmela Mondino is part of the Industry Value Creation business unit's ESG & Sustainability team, based in Zug. Prior to joining Partners Group, she worked at Total, adidas and Lonza. She holds a master's degree in petroleum engineering from the Buen… Read full bio

Tapiwa Muranda

Investment Officer, Leapfrog Investments

Tapiwa is a pivotal member of LeapFrog’s Africa investment team and helps drive deals across the continent and expand LeapFrog’s Africa footprint. An outstanding finance professional, Tapiwa has rich accounting and consulting experience. Before joini… Read full bio

Mary Nicholson

Global Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Mary is responsible for all aspects of MIRA’s risk, control and assurance framework including providing direct independent risk reporting through to Macquarie Group’s Risk Management Group and Board. She coordinates each fund’s strategy in respect of… Read full bio

Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment, Actis

“We have repeatedly seen that investing responsibly creates businesses that are better able to manage ESG risks and opportunities; they are more resilient, more innovative, more able to deliver measurable societal benefits – and ultimately more valua… Read full bio

Mark de Nooij

Senior Portfolio Manager, MN

Mark is a senior fund manager at the MN where his focus is on less common investments, including forestry. Over the last couple of years, he got passionate about what forestry as an asset class has to offer. Previously, Mark worked as portfolio manag… Read full bio

Amy O'Brien

SMD - Head of Responsible Investing, Nuveen

Amy leads a 18 member team and is responsible for creating the firm’s holistic RI vision and unified framework across Nuveen and TIAA, partnering with internal stakeholders on implementation in day-to-day business activities. The framework establishe… Read full bio

Emmanuel Parmentier

Partner, INDEFI

Emmanuel Parmentier is a Partner at INDEFI, the leading strategy advisor for the investment management business in Europe.He leads the Group’s ESG advisory practice for financial investors (private equity firms, asset managers and institutional inves… Read full bio

Rachel Pasternack

Global Strategies Program Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

Rachel is the Global Strategies Program Advisor on the Forestry & Wood Products Team at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Rachel manages the Reforestation Accelerator Initiative, and also works with other TNC programs which seek to catalyse restoration a… Read full bio

Fiona Place

Associate Director, Anthesis

Fiona is a senior member of the UK Anthesis business and leads a practice focused on ESG strategy and risk management. She is an experienced sustainability professional with over 15 years experience, delivering complex projects to the corporate secto… Read full bio

Helen Pradas-Page

Head of ESG, Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Acre

For the last eight years Helen has dedicated herself to ESG, sustainable and responsible investment executive search, across Europe and internationally. Delivering on retained projects for senior executives and teams within private equity firms, inve… Read full bio

Fiona Reynolds

CEO, PRI Association

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with more than 2,200 signatories who collectively represent over US $82 trillion in Assets Under Management. The PRI is the major… Read full bio

Jackie Roberts

Chief Sustainability Officer, The Carlyle Group

Jackie Roberts is the Chief Sustainability Officer for The Carlyle Group. She is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Roberts spent 17 years at the Environmental Defense Fund where she launched and led the first-ever NGO-Business Co… 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

Tom Rotherham-Winqvist

Managing Director, Wafra

Tom Rotherham-Winqvist joined Wafra in November 2018. He previously spent 5 years at the Institutional Investors Roundtable (IIR) and Fiduciary Investors Roundtable for Collaboration and Partnerships (FIRCAP), asset-only platforms created to promote… Read full bio

Anna Ryott

Chairperson, Summa Equity

Anna Ryott is Chair of Board at Summa Equity. Summa Equity use investments as a tool to create a better world and at the same time deliver high returns. Anna is also on the board of Norrsken Foundation, Axel Johnson AB, UNF Global Entrepreneurs Counc… Read full bio

Avantika Saisekar

Director - Sustainable Investment Group

Avantika Saisekar is a Director at Wafra, leading the firm’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investment initiatives with an emphasis on ESG Integretproduct development and innovation. Previously, Ms. Saisekar served as the Head of Institutio… Read full bio

Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

Maaike van der Schoot is AlpInvest Partner’s Responsible Investment Officer and oversees the development and implementation of the Responsible Investment policy. She joined AlpInvest Partners in 2002. Prior to her current role, she was an investment… Read full bio

Adinah Shackleton

Head of ESG, Permira

Adinah is Head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) at Permira. Since 2015, Adinah has been responsible for running and further developing Permira’s ESG activities. Adinah is a member of the Portfolio Group at Permira, the team that works with… Read full bio

Greg Shell

Managing Director – Double Impact, Bain Capital

Greg Shell joined Bain Capital as a Managing Director in 2016. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Shell served as a Lead Portfolio Manager of a concentrated Global Equity product at GMO. Previously, Mr. Shell was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia M… Read full bio

Kaori Shigiya

Head of Sustainable Development Goals, PRI

Kaori gained BSc in Economics and Accounting before qualilfying as lawyer. She worked on corporate finance transactions at Norton Rose and Linklaters in Moscow, Prague, London and Tokyo. She went onto study MBA at INSEAD, after which she worked for L… Read full bio

Chris Strathon

Director - Valuation Advisory, JLL

Chris Strathon FRICS is the Lead Director of the Corporates and Specialist Valuation team at JLL. He has undertaken valuations on behalf of international corporate occupiers, public sector bodies, property companies and funds and banks. Chris has val… Read full bio

Tomas Sys

Principal Consultant, Ramboll

Tomas Sys leads Ramboll’s Compliance, Strategy, and Transaction Services (CST) in the UK. The CST service line provides a broad range of environmental, health & safety and social risk services supporting global investors throughout the entire investm… Read full bio

Sandy Trust

Senior Manager, EY

Sandy has recently joined EY as a senior manager in the wealth and asset management team. In his new role, Sandy will focus on long term value in the investment space, covering areas such as ESG, climate change and sustainability for investors. Sandy… Read full bio

Christopher Walker

Principal, HarbourVest Partners

Christopher Walker joined the Firm in 1998 as an associate in the secondary partnership group. In 1999, he joined the primary partnership group and has focused most of his efforts on US venture capital and buyout investments. Chris also has extensive… Read full bio

Derk Welling

Senior Responsible Investment & Governance Specialist, APG Asset Management

Derk Welling is Senior Responsible Investment & Governance specialist at APG Asset Management, focusing on real estate and infrastructure investments. He is a member of the GRESB Infra Advisory Board and also a member of the INREV Sustainability Comm… Read full bio

Simon Whistler

Senior Manager, UNPRI

Simon joined the PRI in June 2018 as a Senior Manager, focusing on real assets, including infrastructure and forestry. He works with the investor community to support their understanding and implementation of responsible investment processes within d… Read full bio

Simon Witney

Special Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton

Simon Witney is a Special Counsel in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Mr. Witney is one of the market’s most prominent private equity lawyers. Both Real Deals magazine and Private Equity International magazine have named him amongst the… Read full bio

Joy Williams

Senior Advisor, Mantle

Joy Williams brings a multi-disciplinary approach to climate change and other environmental, social and governance issues. She made the move from traditional engineering to environmental and climate change issues over 15 years ago and has since worke… Read full bio

Ian Williamson

Director - Real Estate, BlackRock Real Assets

Ian Williamson, Director, is a member of BlackRock's Real Estate Team. He is Portfolio Manager for BlackRock Eurozone Core Property Fund ("Euro Core") and has overall responsibility for the Fund. Prior to joining BlackRock in January 2018, Ian was a… Read full bio

Angela Willetts

Managing Director - Co-Chair of Responsible Investment Committee, Capital Dynamics

Angela is a Managing Director and Co-Chair of Responsible Investment Committee. She has over 30 years of experience evaluating, selecting, and monitoring private equity fund investments. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, Angela was at the West Midla… Read full bio

Eva Yazhari

CEO

Eva Yazhari is a CEO with 14 years of experience working in the venture investment and asset management industries. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Capital Fund (“Beyond Capital”), an early-stage investment fund that improves the lives of 2.6… Read full bio
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Connect with other professionals interested in ESG and responsible investment

As the largest global event focused on ESG in private equity bringing together more than 250 senior GPs and LPs to discuss the state of the industry and discover how implementing ESG can add tangible value.

Informal relationship building

Join your peers during the 10th anniversary cocktail reception, invitation only LP and GP breakfasts, as well as Forum lunches to connect with potential partners in a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Structured networking sessions will be held during the day in the form of Oxford style debates, roundtable discussions and conference networking breaks to allow you to identify attendees with similar interests and goals.