The longest running global event for ESG in private markets

The longest-running private equity forum focused on bringing together fund managers, institutional investors, and expert advisors to discuss ESG issues across alternative asset classes will return to London on 9-10 November, co-hosted with the PRI.

The key theme for this year will be climate change, the route to net-zero, and the rise of impact investing. Hear from the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance who will discuss their approach, expectations of managers and the impact on capital allocation.

Connect with your peers through interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts. Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with other responsible investment investors and fund managers.

Book now to be a part of the must-attend event for alternative asset professionals with an interest in ESG and responsible investment. There will be additional opportunities for those unable to travel to participate remotely.

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The key theme for this year will be climate change and the route to net-zero. Learn from industry experts and get insight into the path to net-zero, sustainable value creation, the rise of impact investing, making data useful for investors and fund managers, an EU and SFDR regulatory update, as well as ESG approaches in the US and Japan.

Build a valuable network

Connect with industry participants in all aspects of responsible investment. Network in-person at interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts. Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with your peers.

Meet institutional investors

Hear from institutional investors who are looking to increase their exposure in the industry. Benefit from our expansive European investor community who will be in attendance throughout the forum. Current investors include AP6, Dai-ichi Life International, EBRD, Phoenix Group, World Bank Pension, and many more.

Keynote speaker

 

 

Hear from Christian Sinding, CEO and Managing Partner of EQT on what moving to net-zero practically means for private equity. Discover practical steps for developing an approach to ESG at the longest-running private equity event focused on sustainability.

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Agenda highlight: Impact investment

In our dedicated impact investment stream, hear from industry leaders creating scalable, positive change and explore how you can implement impact principles and methodologies into your portfolio to create greater value.

  • The continued rise of impact investment in private markets
  • Investor expectations on impact
  • Is standardisation on reporting of impact any closer?

Speakers confirmed in 2021

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Connect with responsible investment and ESG professionals

Abris Capital Partners
ADM Capital
Antin Infrastructure Partners
AP6
AP7
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
Church Commissioners
Cinven
Denham Capital
EMK Capital
EBRD
EIF
Global Sustain Group
Greystar Europe Holdings
Heptagon Capital
IK Investment Partners
Intermediate Capital Group
Investindustrial
JP Morgan
M&G Investment Management
Marwitz Family Office
MassMutual
NextEnergy Capital
Nordea Asset Management
Nordic Capital
Norvester Equity
Octopus Investments
Proterra Investment Partners
RBS International
Star Capital Partners
Wates Foundation
Wimmer Family Office

Testimonials from attendees

Anna Follér

Sustainability Manager, AP6

As an investor in private equity only, the PEI Responsible Investment Forum is our number one go to event for learning, sharing and networking around ESG.

Clara Camara

Legal Counsel, Crest Capital Partners

As a first-time attendee, it was very useful to understand the urgency of being more demanding with ourselves and with portfolio companies. It was great to lear…

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Delilah Rothenberg

Executive Director & Founding Member, Predistribution Initiative

The forum is one of my top go-to events every year. It is a key meeting point for industry professionals to learn from and get to know one another.

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The Responsible Investment Forum: Europe will take place on 9-10 November, all timings are in GMT, UK time zone.

For more information on the agenda, please contact Charles Gould.

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Agenda

Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2021 - Tuesday 9th

Plenary
08:45 - 08:55

Chair’s introduction

Christopher Springham
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Christopher Springham

Sustainability/ESG Advisor to Boards and Impact Investors

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08:55 - 09:05

PRI update

Simon Whistler
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Simon Whistler

Senior Specialist, PRI

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09:05 - 09:45

The ICI journey: interpreting and acting on the latest guidance

Nicolas Bourdier, Cornelia Gomez, Serge Younes, Adinah Shackleton
  • Update on latest guidance from the ICI, what are the priorities?
  • How collaboration can help PE lead the way
  • Meeting net zero within the churn nature of a PE portfolio
  • What are the main highlights from the latest guidance?
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Nicolas Bourdier

Partner, Sustainability, PwC

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Cornelia Gomez

Head of ESG & Sustainability, PAI Partners

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Serge Younes

Head of Sustainability, Investindustrial

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Adinah Shackleton

Head of ESG, Permira

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09:45 - 10:20

Net-zero asset owners: how investors are aligning themselves with the Paris agreement

Vikram Raju, Martin Ewald, Aaron Pinnock, Simon Hallett
  • Update on latest initiatives and opportunities for convergence
  • How are asset owners getting to net zero? Is capital allocation being impacted?
  • How are LPs assessing managers on commitment to net zero?
  • Priorities for the next five years asset owners

Moderator: Vikram Raju, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley AIP

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Vikram Raju

Head of Climate Investing, Morgan Stanley AIP

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Martin Ewald

Managing Director, Allianz Global Investors

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Aaron Pinnock

Impact Investment Analyst, Church Commissioners

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Simon Hallett

Partner, Cambridge Associates

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10:20 - 10:45

Keynote interview: what moving to net zero practically means for private equity

Christian Sinding, Toby Mitchenall
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Christian Sinding

CEO and Managing Partner, EQT Partners AG

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Toby Mitchenall

Senior Editor, New Private Markets

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10:45 - 11:00

An Introduction to the Science Based Targets Guidance for Private Equity

Tim Clare
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Tim Clare

Director - ESG Advisory, Anthesis Group

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:30 - 12:20

Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver

Tomas Sys, Adam Black, Elizabeth Lewis, Anders Misund, Joana Castro, Christian Gückel
  • Getting buy-in from the investment team, how are the heads of ESG working with the deal partners?
  • Working via underlying GPs to create value through ESG
  • Partnering with portfolio companies to create value through ESG
  • Examples of work on ESG adding to multiple paid at exit

Moderator: Tomas Sys, Principal, UK M&A and ESG Advisory Lead, Ramboll

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Tomas Sys

Principal, UK M&A and ESG Advisory Lead, Ramboll

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Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

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Elizabeth Lewis

Managing Director of ESG, Blackstone

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Anders Misund

Partner and Head of EQT Future Advisory Team, EQT Partners

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Joana Castro

Principal and Head of Primary Fund Investing, Unigestion

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Christian Gückel

Chief Risk Officer, SEDCO

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12:20 - 12:40

Case study: outlining how a leading GP has approached climate across its entire portfolio

Graeme Ardus , Toby Robertson
  • Simplifying the approach to climate across the business
  • The challenge of measuring carbon footprint of all portfolio companies
  • How data has been utilised to manage risks and opportunities associated with climate
  • How transforming the approach to climate has had a positive impact on returns
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Graeme Ardus

Head of ESG, Triton Partners

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Toby Robertson

Head of InvestorPortal, Greenstone

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12:40 - 13:30

Making data useful: are we drowning in ESG data?

James Holley, Maaike van der Schoot, Elizabeth Seeger, Wim Peeters, Melissa Ferraz, Sergio Dias
  • How can service providers make their offerings more relevant to private markets?
  • To what extent are the reams of data being made use of?
  • How are LP requests changing?
  • How best to engage with the portfolio on data requests
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James Holley

Head of ESG, Bridgepoint

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Maaike van der Schoot

Responsible Investment Officer, AlpInvest Partners

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Elizabeth Seeger

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, KKR

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Wim Peeters

Vice President Business Development, EcoVadis

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Melissa Ferraz

Managing Director, eFront Insight, BlackRock

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Sergio Dias

Head of Key Account Management, RepRisk

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13:30 - 14:30

Lunch

Stream A - Impact Investing
14:30 - 15:10

The continued rise of impact investment in private markets

Emmanuel Parmentier, Silva Deželan, Paula Langton, Dr Andreas Nilsson, Rami Bibi
  • Outlining the considerations for a traditional GP launching an impact strategy
  • Dedicated funds vs integration with ESG: to what extent are the two worlds merging?
  • What can PE funds moving into impact learn from impact specialists? How do strategies differ?

Moderator: Emmanuel Parmentier, Managing Partner, Indefi

 

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Emmanuel Parmentier

Managing Partner, Indefi

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Silva Dezelan

Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

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Paula Langton

Partner, Campbell Lutyens

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Dr Andreas Nilsson

Managing Director and Head of Impact, Golding Capital Partners

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Rami Bibi

Head of EMEA Global Impact, KKR

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15:10 - 15:45

Investor expectations on impact

Manuela Fumarola, Ana Lei Ortiz, Blandine Machabert
  • Can impact be on parity with returns in?
  • Do investors need to adjust their mandates to account for impact performance?
  • What data do investors want to see and which frameworks are they using?
  • To what extent are investors concerned by greenwashing?
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Manuela Fumarola

Head of ESG, Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Ana Lei Ortiz

Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

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Blandine Machabert

Senior consultant, INDEFI

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15:45 - 16:20

Is standardisation on reporting of impact any closer?

Snehal Shah, Richard Burrett, Phil Davis, Marina Johnson
  • Update on the impact management project and other methodologies
  • What frameworks are funds using to demonstrate impact?
  • How will things develop in the next decade as the space grows?
Snehal Shah, PEI Media

Snehal Shah

Reporter, New Private Markets, PEI Media

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Richard Burrett

Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital

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Phil Davis

Director of ESG, Helios Investment Partners

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Marina Johnson

Associate, Actis

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Stream B - Other Asset Classes
14:30 - 15:10

To what extent is ESG now fully incorporated within the private debt investment process?

Sabrina Fox, Adam Heltzer, Carina Spitzkopf, Sonia Rocher
  • Update on the latest initiatives around private debt and ESG
  • What are the remaining barriers to ESG implementation in private credit?
  • How are LP demands around ESG on credit investments changing?
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Sabrina Fox

Chief Executive Officer, European Leveraged Finance Association

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Adam Heltzer

Head of ESG, Ares Management

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Carina Spitzkopf

Director - Private Debt & CLO's, Hermes Investment Management

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Sonia Rocher

Head of Private Debt Research and Execution, BlackRock

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15:10 - 15:45

How managing climate risk is crucial to driving returns in infrastructure investment

Fabian Gröne, Mary Nicholson, Simon Whistler, Abhisheik Dhawan
  • Possible implications of COP 26 on infrastructure investors
  • Assessing climate risk within a typical infrastructure portfolio
  • Opportunities created by the move to net-zero
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Fabian Gröne

Partner, EQT Partners

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Mary Nicholson

Head of Responsible Investment, Macquarie Asset Management

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Simon Whistler

Senior Specialist, UNPRI

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Abhisheik Dhawan

Sustainable Finance and Partnerships Specialist, UNCDF

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15:45 - 16:20

Why ESG is crucial to driving returns in real estate investments

Philippa Gill, Anna Olink, Eimear Palmer
  • Proving the value of investing responsibly
  • Risk/return profile of impact investing
  • Engaging with landlords and tenants on ESG
  • Opportunities of net-zero buildings and danger of value destruction for older buildings not meeting ESG credentials
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Philippa Gill

Director - EVORA Global

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Anna Olink

Business Development Director, EMEA, GRESB

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Eimear Palmer

Responsible Investing Officer, ICG

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Around the world of ESG
16:30 - 17:00

Keynote discussion: Spotlight on Global Best Practices and Lessons from Japan

Carmela Mendoza, Peter Dunbar, Jun Tsusaka, Jonathan Bailey
  • Comparing implementation in Japan to elsewhere in the world
  • What are Japanese LPs demanding on ESG? Are allocations being made based on ESG merit?
  • How are Japanese GPs innovating when it comes to ESG?

Peter Dunbar, Private Equity Specialist, UNPRI
in conversation with
Jun Tsusaka
, CEO, CIO and Chairman of ESG Committee, NSSK

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Carmela Mendoza

Senior Reporter, PEI

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Peter Dunbar

Private Equity Senior Specialist, PRI

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Jun Tsusaka

CEO, CIO and Chairman of ESG Committee, NSSK

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Jonathan Bailey

Head of ESG Investing, Neuberger Berman

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17:00 - 17:30

Keynote discussion: Spotlight on North America

Alan Kao, Jake Levine, Megan Starr, Vikram Raju
  • Will the new Biden administration will boost ESG in the States in all areas of investment?
  • Is the US still lagging behind Europe or is this an outdated view?
  • How is impact taking hold in US beyond the mega funds?

Alan Kao, Principal, Ramboll

 

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Alan Kao

Global Director, ESG Services, Ramboll

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Jake Levine

Chief Climate Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

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Megan Starr, The Carlyle Group

Megan Starr

Global Head of Impact, The Carlyle Group

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Vikram Raju

Head of Climate Investing, Morgan Stanley AIP

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Networking Roundtable Discussions
17:30 - 18:00

Networking Roundtable Discussions: Emerging topics

Alison Hampton, Emma Bickerstaffe , Maarten Biermans, Corinne Carr, Adam Black, Manuela Fumarola, Phil Davis, Valeria Rosati

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

  • ESG in venture: Alison Hampton (Alma Verde Advisors)
  • Biodiversity: Manuela Fumarola (Aberdeen Standard Investments)
  • ESG in secondaries: Adam Black (Coller Capital)
  • Data: Emma Bickerstaffe (MJ Hudson)
  • B-corps: Phil Davis (Helios Investment Partners)
  • Remuneration: Corinne Carr (PeopleNet Ltd)
  • ESG Linked Credit Facilities: Maarten Biermans (Rabobank Capital Markets)
  • Value creation: Valeria Rosati (Vantage Infrastructure)
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Alison Hampton

Founder, Alma Verde Advisors

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Emma Bickerstaffe

Director of ESG, MJ Hudson

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Maarten Biermans

Global Head Sustainable Finance, Rabobank Capital Markets

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Corinne Carr

Founder and Responsible Reward Consultant, PeopleNet Limited

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Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

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Manuela Fumarola

Head of ESG, Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Phil Davis

Director of ESG, Helios Investment Partners

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Valeria Rosati

Senior Partner, Vantage Infrastructure

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18:00 - 19:00

Drinks Reception

Agenda

Responsible Investment Forum: Europe 2021 - Wednesday 10th

Plenary
09:00 - 09:10

Chair’s introduction

Christopher Springham
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Christopher Springham

Sustainability/ESG Advisor to Boards and Impact Investors

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09:10 - 09:40

Net Zero - Action at portfolio level

Matthew Cvijan, Philip Mitchell
  • Net Zero by 2050 – why is this a GP problem?
  • Short-termism – why interim targets matter and how to set them credibly?
  • Ensuring alignment between the GP and portfolio company on the Net Zero imperative
  • Where to start? Practical tips for a decarbonisation roadmap
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Matthew Cvijan

Associate Director, Carbon Intelligence

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Philip Mitchell

Consultant, Carbon Intelligence

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09:40 - 10:10

Case study: highlighting why net-zero initiatives are a value creation necessity for PE

Nicky Crawford , Chloë Sanders, Maria Carradice
  • Starting on the journey and integrating it within value creation plans
  • Outlining opportunities of full value chain transformation
  • How have the firm engaged senior management within portfolio companies?

 

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Nicky Crawford

Director, Sustainability and ESG, UK, PwC

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Chloë Sanders

Head of ESG, CVC

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Maria Carradice

Managing Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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10:10 - 10:45

Climate change considerations in portfolio management

Kirk Hourdajian, Allegra Day, Stefano Bacci, Steyn Verschoof
  • Why and how investing in climate can drive returns
  • Finding investment opportunities in carbon reduction
  • Assessing transition risks vs physical risks based on possible response scenarios
  • Case studies of adding value to investments
Kirk Hourdajian Vista Equity Partners

Kirk Hourdajian

Head of ESG and Impact, Vista Equity Partners

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Allegra Day

ESG Director, Cinven

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Stefano Bacci

Partner & ESG Manager, Ambienta

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Steyn Verschoof

ESG & Sustainability, MJ Hudson

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10:45 - 11:15

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:15 - 11:50

Defining what is meant by human rights for PE investors and how to address any issuesl response to climate change?

Douglas Bryden, Robert Sroka, Bettina Reinboth
  • What is the level of responsibility for managers?
  • Valuing human rights during due diligence
  • How to react when there is an issue within your supply chain with practical examples
  • New regulations on modern slavery and what it means for fund managers
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Douglas Bryden

Partner, Head of Risk & Operational Regulatory, Travers Smith

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Robert Sroka

ESG Director, Abris Capital Partners

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Bettina Reinboth

Director of Human Rights and Social Issues, PRI

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11:50 - 12:30

Practical ways to address diversity within a PE portfolio

Sophia Damianou, Vincent Lecat, Caroline Löfgren
  • Are LPs demanding enough? To what extent are allocations being impacted?
  • Working with portfolio companies when your own house may not be in order
  • Examples of how targets and new initiatives have moved the needle
  • Moving beyond just gender diversity
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Sophia Damianou

Managing Director, Business Development (EMEA), Northleaf Capital Partners

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Vincent Lecat

Impact & ESG Specialist, Development Partners International LLP (DPI)

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Caroline Löfgren

Chief Sustainability Officer, Hg

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12:30 - 13:00

Regulatory update: where are we now and preparing yourself for upcoming changes

Simon Witney
  • Snapshot of where the industry is with SFDR
  • What are the implications of the new SFDR guidance?
  • How is the EU taxonomy shaping strategy?
  • What’s coming next in Europe and globally?
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Simon Witney

Senior Consultant, Travers Smith

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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

A Deeper Dive and Q&A on the Science Based Targets Guidance for Private Equity

Myles Tatlock
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Myles Tatlock

Anthesis Project Manager - SBTi Private Equity, Anthesis Group

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Plenary
14:00 - 15:30

Regulatory networking workshop

Led by Travers Smith the room will be split up into small group discussions to discuss the latest developments in regulation and practical approaches to them.

Room breaks up into roundtable discussions

Legal and regulatory deep dives

14:00-14:45

  • EU taxonomy reporting for companies and asset managers
    Hosted by Danny Riding (Travers Smith)
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace: responding to #MeToo and other topical issues for portfolio companies
    Hosted by Siân Keall (Travers Smith)

  • ESG-linked financial incentives
    Hosted by Katie McMenamin & George Weavil (Travers Smith)

14:45-15:30
Another session of roundtables so delegates can cover another set of topics;

  • Legal and regulatory acquisition due diligence and exit planning
    Hosted by Doug Bryden (Travers Smith)
  • Portfolio company governance best practices
    Hosted by Simon Witney (Travers Smith)
  • Tax governance and ethics
    Hosted by Madeline Gowlett (Travers Smith)

Speakers confirmed for 2021

For more information on speaking opportunities please contact Charles Gould.

charles.g@peimedia.com | +44 (0)203 879 3893

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Graeme Ardus

Head of ESG, Triton Partners

Head of Environmental, Social and Governance, Triton Capital Partners Graeme Ardus joined Triton in May 2013 as Head of Environment, Social Responsibility and Governance (ESG). Graeme previously held industrial roles as a Global Director of Occupatio… Read full bio

Stefano Bacci

Partner & ESG Manager, Ambienta

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

Jonathan Bailey

Head of ESG Investing, Neuberger Berman

Jonathan Bailey, Managing Director, is Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing at Neuberger Berman and Portfolio Manager for the US Equity Impact Strategy. He joined the firm in 2017 and is responsible for the integration of mate… Read full bio

Rami Bibi

Head of EMEA Global Impact, KKR

Rami M. Bibi (London) joined KKR in 2014 and is the Head of Europe for KKR Global Impact, the firm’s private market investing platform focused on businesses that promote solutions associated with sustainable living, climate change, lifelong learning,… Read full bio

Emma Bickerstaffe

Director of ESG, MJ Hudson

Emma heads up the UK ESG team at MJ Hudson and is also Global Head of ESG Solutions. In addition to supporting clients with ESG strategy, Emma’s main focus is to develop digital offerings to help clients simplify and streamline ESG assessments so tha… Read full bio

Maarten Biermans

Global Head Sustainable Finance, Rabobank Capital Markets

Maarten is responsible for the sustainable capital market solutions at Rabobank. Before joining Rabobank in 2017 as the head of ESG policy, Maarten worked as a strategy consultant specializing in RI in private equity. Maarten is a member of the UNEP… Read full bio

Adam Black

Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

Adam has spent his entire near 30-year career within ESG and sustainability (the past 13 years employed within alternative finance). Much of his direct finance experience has been with the private markets (notably private equity buy outs, real estate… Read full bio

Nicolas Bourdier

Partner, Sustainability, PwC

Nicolas is a Partner within the PwC's Sustainability Team in France. He co-leads the PwC EMEA Sustainability and ESG efforts for the Banking industry and also provides advisory services to large corporate C-Suite executives on Sustainable & Respo… Read full bio

Douglas Bryden

Partner, Head of Risk & Operational Regulatory, Travers Smith

Doug is Head of Risk & Operational Regulatory, specialising in UK, EU and international environment, regulatory, governance and trade law. Doug's practice focuses on a range of ESG and business human rights compliance, risk and liability manageme… Read full bio

Richard Burrett

Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital

Richard is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Earth Capital and is also a member of the Investment Committee. Richard has spent over 35 years in international banking. In his 20 years at ABN AMRO he worked in corporate and structured finance. As Glo… Read full bio

Joana Castro

Principal and Head of Primary Fund Investing, Unigestion

Joana Castro is a Principal and Head of Primary fund investing at Unigestion. Joana is also responsible for ESG in the Private Equity team. She joined Unigestion in September 2016. Joana began her career in 2007 in investment banking at Goldman Sachs… Read full bio

Corinne Carr

Founder and Responsible Reward Consultant, PeopleNet Limited

Corinne Carr is a Remuneration Consultant based in London who specialises in Responsible Reward, the integration of remuneration and sustainability. She advocates that all responsible employers should align their Employer Value Proposition (base pay,… Read full bio

Maria Carradice

Managing Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

Maria joined Mayfair in 2015 to work alongside portfolio companies to identify, quantify and unlock business process improvement activities. Maria’s expertise as both a former practitioner and consultant allows her to focus on opportunities to drive… Read full bio

Tim Clare

Director - ESG Advisory, Anthesis Group

Tim is Anthesis’ Director for ESG Advisory Services. Tim has over 25 years of experience in consulting; during that time, he has worked extensively with private equity, starting with M&A transaction support and more recently helping his clients a… Read full bio

Nicky Crawford

Director, Sustainability and ESG, UK, PwC

Nicky is a Director in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team specialising in sustainability work in the private equity sector. With 20 years’ experience in sustainability consulting, Nicky has a deep technical knowledge of sustainability issue… Read full bio

Matthew Cvijan

Associate Director, Carbon Intelligence

Matt leads our Financial Services proposition within private markets, working closely with our client base and providing industry insights into the latest trends in sustainability within Financial Services. Matt has over nine years of experience in s… Read full bio

Sophia Damianou

Managing Director, Business Development (EMEA), Northleaf Capital Partners

Sophia Damianou is a Managing Director, responsible for Northleaf’s business development activities in the UK and Europe, including working closely with existing and prospective investors and investment consultants to design, develop and monitor thei… Read full bio

Phil Davis

Director of ESG, Helios Investment Partners

Phil joined Helios Investment Partners in August 2020 to take responsibility for Helios’ ESG activities across the investment lifecycle. He has 15 years of relevant professional experience, working in over 25 countries around the world. He was previo… Read full bio

Allegra Day

ESG Director, Cinven

Allegra is a member of the Portfolio team. Allegra was previously a Manager in the Climate Change team at CDC Group where she led ESG value creation projects with portfolio companies and implemented the firm’s climate change strategy with a focus on… Read full bio
Silva Dezelan

Silva Deželan

ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners

Prior to joining Stafford Silva worked for Robeco where she was responsible for ESG integration and the implementation of ESG engagement across different private equity programs. Before this role Silva oversaw the Responsible Investing Program at Rab… Read full bio

Abhisheik Dhawan

Sustainable Finance and Partnerships Specialist, UNCDF

Mr. Abhisheik Dhawan is currently a Sustainable Finance and Partnerships Specialist with UNCDF. He is also the focal point for UNCDF’s work on climate change. He is also leading UNCDF’s work on Climate Insurance Linked Resilient Infrastructure Financ… Read full bio

Sergio Dias

Head of Key Account Management, RepRisk

Sergio Dias joined RepRisk in 2020 and is responsible for managing the team of key account managers in order to deliver high-quality services to clients globally. He and his team establish long-term relationships with key clients and develop mutual g… Read full bio

Peter Dunbar

Private Equity Senior Specialist, PRI

Peter Dunbar is a Private Equity Senior Specialist within the PRI’s Investment Practices team. Peter has 20 years experience in the asset management industry, and before joining PRI, was a Senior Manager in the private markets team of Capital Group f… Read full bio

Martin Ewald

Managing Director, Allianz Global Investors

Martin Ewald is a Managing Director in the London office of Allianz Global Investors and heads the Impact Investment team of AllianzGI as Lead Portfolio Manager. The team currently manages the Allianz Impact Investment Fund and AfricaGrow and is acti… Read full bio

Melissa Ferraz

Managing Director, eFront Insight, BlackRock

Melissa Ferraz, Managing Director, is the Global Head of eFront Insight within BlackRock. eFront Insight is a private markets data and analytics platform. As global head, Melissa is responsible for the overall strategy of Insight as well as all sales… Read full bio

Sabrina Fox

Chief Executive Officer, European Leveraged Finance Association

Sabrina is the Chief Executive Officer for the European Leveraged Finance Association, an investor-only trade association comprised of European leveraged finance investors from over 40 institutional fixed income managers, including investment advisor… Read full bio

Manuela Fumarola

Head of ESG, Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Manuela Fumarola works as ESG Manager for Private Markets at Aberdeen Standard Investments, overseeing the strategy for private markets investments, including private equity, infrastructure and private lending assets. Prior to joining ASI, Manuela wa… Read full bio

Philippa Gill

Director - EVORA Global

Philippa joined EVORA Global in January 2020 focussing on the expansion into Europe and Health & Wellbeing Services, and is the Board Sponsor for our Climate Resilience Services. Given her 15 years background in Private Equity and Real Estate, sh… Read full bio

Cornelia Gomez

Head of ESG & Sustainability, PAI Partners

She is a Sustainability expert and key intermediary between Investors, Deal Teams and portfolio companies. With her team, she embeds ESG in PAI’s investment processes, such as due diligence, portfolio monitoring and extra-financial reporting. Their e… Read full bio

Bryn Gostin

Managing Director - Head of Product Development & Strategy, Capital Dynamics

Bryn is a Managing Director on the Business Development team, where he is the Head of Product Development & Strategy and Chair of Responsible Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics,… Read full bio

Fabian Gröne

Partner, EQT Partners

Fabian Gröne joined EQT Partners in 2008 in Munich and worked in Stockholm from 2013 until 2014. Mr Gröne relocated to Singapore in 2017 to build and lead the Infrastructure activities in Asia. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Fabian worked at Goldman… Read full bio

Christian Gückel

Chief Risk Officer, SEDCO

Christian Gückel is the Chief Risk Officer at SEDCO Capital and heads risk management and responsible investments. Christian is a member of SEDCO Capital’s Investment Committee, Management Committee, Risk and Compliance Committee and Cyclical Asset A… Read full bio

Simon Hallett

Partner, Cambridge Associates

Simon joined Cambridge Associates in 2005 and has more than 30 years investment experience spanning governance and policy setting, asset allocation and manager selection as well as the management of listed equity portfolios. Simon is a Partner in the… Read full bio

Alison Hampton

Founder, Alma Verde Advisors

Alison is the founder of Alma Verde Advisors, which provides strategic consultancy and training services to private equity, venture capital and other investors on how to incorporate responsible investment into their investment decision-making and own… Read full bio

Adam Heltzer

Head of ESG, Ares Management

Mr. Heltzer is a Managing Director and the Global Head of ESG in the Ares Strategy and Relationship Management Group, reporting to Ares' President and CEO, where he leads the Firm's environmental, social and governance efforts. Prior to joining Ares… Read full bio

James Hilburn

Director - Financial Services, Carbon Intelligence

James Hilburn is a Director at Carbon Intelligence where he leads the firm’s Financial Services sector, partnering with financial services clients to turn sustainability into an area of distinct competitive advantage. Carbon Intelligence has a deep e… Read full bio

James Holley

Head of ESG, Bridgepoint

James is Head of ESG and joined Bridgepoint in 2017. He was previously UK Head of Responsible Investment and ESG at KPMG. He also worked in the Sustainability team at Deloitte as an environmental due diligence transaction manager and at sustainabilit… Read full bio
Kirk Hourdajian Vista Equity Partners

Kirk Hourdajian

Head of ESG and Impact, Vista Equity Partners

Kirk joined Vista Equity Partners in 2020. He oversees Vista’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program, working with portfolio companies and deal teams to drive value creation initiatives that improve the environment, society and business.… Read full bio

Marina Johnson

Associate, Actis

Marina has been part of the Responsible Investment team at Actis since 2019. She joined with 10 years’ experience consulting on Social and Environmental performance in developing markets. Before joining Actis she was a senior consultant at ERM and pr… Read full bio

Alan Kao

Global Director, ESG Services, Ramboll

Alan Kao is a Principal at Ramboll and also serves as their Global Director for ESG Services. Alan helps corporate and financial sector clients develop ESG policies, programs, and management systems; identify ESG risks and opportunities during due di… Read full bio

Paula Langton

Partner, Campbell Lutyens

Paula joined Campbell Lutyens in 2006 and co-heads the firm’s fund placement activities in Europe as well as leading Campbell Lutyens’ sustainability practice. Paula has over 16 years of fund placement experience. She has led well over 39 fundraising… Read full bio

Vincent Lecat

Impact & ESG Specialist, Development Partners International LLP (DPI)

Vincent Lecat is an ESG specialist with 10+ years’ experience working in Africa, Europe and South-East Asia on large investment projects with international fundings in the power, food and agriculture, transport, health, urban development and extracti… Read full bio

Ana Lei Ortiz

Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

Ana is a Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s London office, where she leads the Relationship Management Team in London and is responsible for all aspects of European client relations including portfolio construction and strategic… Read full bio

Jake Levine

Chief Climate Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Jake Levine serves as Chief Climate Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, where he leads the agency's climate team, and is responsible for developing and implementing the DFC's climate finance agenda. He also serves on th… Read full bio

Elizabeth Lewis

Managing Director of ESG, Blackstone

Elizabeth Lewis is a Managing Director of ESG, supporting Blackstone's corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Lewis led engagement with investors, NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders on cl… Read full bio

Caroline Löfgren

Chief Sustainability Officer, Hg

Caroline lead’s Hg’s Responsible Investment team which covers all Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) related topics internally and across the portfolio. She is part of both Client Services and the Portfolio Team and is working actively with Hg’… Read full bio

Blandine Machabert

Senior consultant, INDEFI

Blandine Machabert is a senior consultant at INDEFI, based in Paris. She advises clients on responsible investment strategies and developing methodologies to assess and support portfolio companies on sustainability and impact. Before joining INDEFI,… Read full bio

Carmela Mendoza

Senior Reporter, PEI

Carmela Mendoza is a senior reporter for Private Equity International based in London. She first joined PEI in Hong Kong in 2015 and covered Asia. A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, she previously worked for a digital agency in Singapore focu… Read full bio

Anders Misund

Partner and Head of EQT Future Advisory Team, EQT Partners

Anders Misund joined EQT Partners in Oslo in September 2007. Anders is Partner and Head of Nordics. Anders graduated with a M.Sc in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration majoring in finance, with e… Read full bio

Toby Mitchenall

Senior Editor, New Private Markets

Toby Mitchenall is Senior Editor, ESG and Sustainability at PEI. He is the editor of New Private Markets, a new publication serving sustainable investors in private markets, from ESG to impact. Toby was previously responsible for PEI’s private equity… Read full bio

Philip Mitchell

Consultant, Carbon Intelligence

Philip is a consultant to the Financial Services Sector team, helping Carbon Intelligence better understand the challenges faced by clients engaged in ESG reporting, and adapting the offer to meet those needs. He is passionate that the private sector… Read full bio

Mary Nicholson

Head of Responsible Investment, Macquarie Asset Management

Mary is the Head of Responsible Investment for Macquarie Asset Management (MAM). Supported by a global team of experienced sustainability professionals, Mary sets and guides implementation of best practice sustainability integration and measurement a… Read full bio

Dr Andreas Nilsson

Managing Director and Head of Impact, Golding Capital Partners

Dr Andreas Nilsson is Managing Director and Head of Impact at Golding Capital Partners and responsible for impact investments. He joined the Golding team in 2021 Prior to joining Golding, Mr Nilsson was Managing Partner of Sonanz, an Impact-focused f… Read full bio

Anna Olink

Business Development Director, EMEA, GRESB

Bringing 15 years of work experience, Anna joined GRESB from Kempen Capital Management, where she was a portfolio manager of the global real estate fund, and where she lead the implementation of ESG standards in the real estate investment process. Pr… Read full bio

Eimear Palmer

Responsible Investing Officer, ICG

Eimear joined in 2018 as ICG’s Responsible Investing Officer and is responsible for further integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across all fund strategies. She works closely with ICG’s business and investment teams as well… Read full bio

Emmanuel Parmentier

Managing Partner, Indefi

Emmanuel Parmentier is a managing partner at INDEFI, based in Paris. He built and leads the ESG and sustainability advisory practice for financial investors worldwide. Emmanuel joined INDEFI in 2007 and has more than 15 years of experience providing… Read full bio

Wim Peeters

Vice President Business Development, EcoVadis

Wim Peeters has been with EcoVadis for 14 years and currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development and Sustainable Finance Lead. Wim has over 20 years’ experience in various finance and international business development roles at larg… Read full bio

Aaron Pinnock

Impact Investment Analyst, Church Commissioners

Aaron leads on impact investment at the Church Commissioners for England, the £9.2bn endowment fund of the Church of England. Aaron’s responsibilities include identifying impact investment opportunities as well as portfolio impact measurement and man… Read full bio

Vikram Raju

Head of Climate Investing, Morgan Stanley AIP

Vikram Raju is a Managing Director and Partner responsible for Climate Impact and Emerging Markets for AIP Private Markets where he also serves on the Investment Committee. He has 24 years of relevant industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, h… Read full bio

Bettina Reinboth

Director of Human Rights and Social Issues, PRI

Bettina joined the PRI in August 2016. She is responsible for leading a team with deep expertise in social issues and their relevance to companies, investors and financial markets. Bettina is overseeing and providing direction on strategic initiative… Read full bio

Toby Robertson

Head of InvestorPortal, Greenstone

Having lived and worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, Toby has accumulated 20+ years of financial experience at major financial institutions. In addition, he has co-founded, supported and mentored numerous SaaS companies – some of which have now… Read full bio

Sonia Rocher

Head of Private Debt Research and Execution, BlackRock

Sonia Rocher is a Managing Director in BlackRock Private Credit Strategies. She is a senior investment professional and Portfolio Manager in European Private Debt. She joined BlackRock in 2015 as a founding member of the European Private Debt platfor… 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

Chloë Sanders

Head of ESG, CVC

Chloë Sanders is Head of ESG at CVC. Based in London, she joined CVC in 2010 having previously worked in Commercial Law and Technology at a private practice law firm. Chloë holds a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the Cambridge… Read full bio

Elizabeth Seeger

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, KKR

Elizabeth Seeger joined KKR in 2009 to help oversee the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues throughout KKR's investment process, including the management of KKR’s ESG-focused value creation programs for its portfolio c… Read full bio

Adinah Shackleton

Head of ESG, Permira

Adinah is Head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and is responsible for overseeing and further developing Permira’s ESG activities. Prior to joining Permira, Adinah spent eight years with a global sustainability consultancy, as a principal… Read full bio
Snehal Shah, PEI Media

Snehal Shah

Reporter, New Private Markets, PEI Media

Snehal Shah is a reporter for New Private Markets, PEI Media’s sustainability-focused publication. She covers ESG, sustainability and impact investments including investors’ allocations and policies; managers’ investment strategies and ESG and divers… Read full bio

Christian Sinding

CEO and Managing Partner, EQT Partners AG

Christian Sinding joined EQT Partners in 1998 from AEA Investors Inc., a leading U.S.-based private equity firm. Since 1 January 2019, he is Managing Partner and CEO of EQT AB. Christian also serves on various of the firm's investment committees, inc… Read full bio

Carina Spitzkopf

Director - Private Debt & CLO's, Hermes Investment Management

Carina joined the international business of Federated Hermes in January 2019 as a Director in the Private Debt team, executing transactions across Northern Europe and the UK. Previously, she held leveraged finance roles at UBS and Barclays Capital in… Read full bio

Christopher Springham

Sustainability/ESG Advisor to Boards and Impact Investors

Christopher Springham spent over a decade working at board level to build one of the world's most successful wind energy component manufacturers. LM Wind Power became the first global industrial business to achieve carbon neutrality in 2018. Together… Read full bio

Robert Sroka

ESG Director, Abris Capital Partners

Robert Sroka (PhD) is the ESG Director and Chief Ethics Officer for Central Europe at Abris Capital Partners. He is responsible for developing and overseeing a responsible investment policy and all ESG areas. He has 15 years of experience working on… Read full bio
Megan Starr, The Carlyle Group

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

Tomas Sys

Principal, UK M&A and ESG Advisory Lead, Ramboll

Tomas Sys is a Principal at Ramboll Environment & Health and leads the UK M&A and ESG Advisory team within the global Compliance, Strategy, and Transaction (CST) Service Line. Tomas has over 25 years’ experience in advising financial sector a… Read full bio

Myles Tatlock

Anthesis Project Manager - SBTi Private Equity, Anthesis Group

Myles is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Atmospheric Scientist with almost a decade of ESG experience from Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and an academic background in Climate Change and Risk Management. He is the Anthesis project manag… Read full bio

Jun Tsusaka

CEO, CIO and Chairman of ESG Committee, NSSK

Jun Tsusaka is a Founding Partner, CEO and CIO of Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko Ltd. (NSSK),an investment firm established in 2014 and focused on Japan’ s middle market. He is also the Chairman of the NSSK ESG, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. NSSK cu… 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

Steyn Verschoof

ESG & Sustainability, MJ Hudson

Steyn Verschoof advises clients on responsible and impact investing, sustainability and energy transition strategies. Before joining MJ Hudson, Steyn helped develop client verification software for (amongst others) banks and M&A professionals dur… Read full bio

Simon Whistler

Senior Specialist, UNPRI

Simon joined the PRI in June 2018, and leads the organisation’s infrastructure workstream. He works with the infrastructure investor community to support their understanding and implementation of responsible investment within the asset class. This ha… Read full bio

Simon Witney

Senior Consultant, Travers Smith

Simon is a senior consultant at Travers Smith with over 25 years' experience in regulatory, transactional and fund formation disciplines. Having been a prolific writer and regular speaker on company law and corporate governance throughout his career,… Read full bio

Serge Younes

Head of Sustainability, Investindustrial

Serge is the Head of Sustainability at Investindustrial, responsible for Sustainability, Responsible Investing and sustainable growth. He leads a team of highly experienced sustainability experts to deliver tangible value and impact in the investment… Read full bio

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Network with the European responsible investment industry

In its 12th year, the forum is a firmly established event in the industry’s calendar. Join 300+ attendees this November to connect with institutional investors, fund managers, specialist responsible investment and impact managers, and the wider ESG community for two days of learning and networking. This is a must-attend event for those with an interest in ESG in private markets.

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The in-person networking experience

Meet investors with a focus on ESG

Network with active investors in responsible investment. Benefit from our expansive European investor community who will be in attendance throughout the forum.

Network in-person once again

Connect with your peers at interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts.

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Current investors include AP6, Dai-ichi Life International, EBRD, Phoenix Group, World Bank Pension, and many more.

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Past attendee list

Previous attendees included Civen, DWS, EBRD, Exponent Private Equity, Hg, Montagu Private Equity, Pension Protection Fund, Stepstone Group, YIELCO Investments, and many more.

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Covid precautions

To help keep you and our colleagues safe, we have embraced the following principles to ensure the smooth running of our event portfolio, globally.

Planning and risk assessment

The Responsible Investment: Forum Europe has a detailed plan and risk assessment in light of local government and health authority frameworks, now specific to the Covid pandemic. Our staff are working to event industry protocols to minimise and mitigate risk.

Entry requirements

Fully vaccinated – You are required to show an official vaccine certificate and a negative lateral flow/rapid antigen test which must be done within 24 hours of arrival at the event venue.

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Contactless

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Attendee numbers and density

PEI will assess and manage in line with local government and health authority mandates the number of delegates in the event space and the flow of attendee traffic in and out of plenary and break-out rooms and around exhibition rooms and other meeting spaces.

Personal hygiene

In tandem with venue measures, PEI encourages attendees to take full advantage of hand sanitisation stations around the venue.

Track and trace

We will work with local authorities as required to track, trace and contact attendees in line with the applicable privacy legislation.

Medical

Qualified first-aid staff will be ready to assist anyone falling ill for whatever reason. In the event of any attendee suffering Covid-related symptoms, the PEI team will follow local health guidance in ensuring the safety of all participants.