Effectively integrating ESG to create sustainable value

The Responsible Investment Forum returns to New York for its fourth year to bring together the most sophisticated LPs, GPs and associations to discuss why, when, and how your firm should be implementing an effective ESG strategy.

ESG issues are at the heart of all PEI’s editorial coverage, with our reporters consistently following and scrutinizing the ways in which managers in the US are adopting responsible investment practices and what LPs are looking for as they consider investing in private equity. PEI, partnering with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), continues to prove itself as a thought-leader in this area, and is at the forefront of covering the growth of ESG in North American private equity.

Highlights from last year’s Forum included:

  • Bridging the LP-GP divide on ESG
  • ESG reporting and metrics for success
  • Focusing on diversity at the fund level and portfolio level
  • Placing climate risk at the top of your agenda
  • Human capital as a driving force for value
  • ESG and the American Frontier
  • The ESG and impact investing dynamic
  • Engaging the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a strategic assessment tool
  • Value creation with ESG
  • LP expectations and focus in ESG due diligence

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2019 Keynote speakers

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A sample of who you could meet

2019 Attendees included:

Brookfield Asset Management
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
The Carlyle Group
Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation
City of Chicago
The City of New York, Finance
Dancap Family Investment Office
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
Ford Foundation
Hamilton Lane
Harvard Management Company
Klaff Family Investments
Neuberger Berman
New Mountain Capital
New York State Common Retirement Fund
NYC Mayor's Office of Pension & Investments
Oak Hill Capital Partners
Oaktree Capital Management
Office of the New York City Comptroller
OPTrust Private Markets
Oregon State Treasury
Partners Group
PSP Investments
The Rockefeller Foundation
Second Swedish National Pension Fund (AP2)
Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP6)
Segal Marco Advisors
Soros Fund Management
Spruceview Capital Partners
Star Mountain Capital
Super Investment Management
TowerBrook Capital Partners
UBS Global Wealth Management
United Nations Capital Development Fund
USS Investment Management

What our attendees say

ATL Partners

Christopher Romano

The Responsible Investment Forum New York is a must-attend event for those interested in sustainability, which should be all private equity investors

Intentional Endowments Network

Georges Dyer

PEI’s Responsible Investment Forum brought together an impressive collection of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners on considering ESG fa…

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Clayton Dubilier & Rice

Daniel Jacobs

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

2020 Preliminary agenda

Day 1 Day 2
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Day 1 - Wednesday 4th

Breakfast & registration
07:45 - 09:00

GP leadership think tank breakfast (invitation only)

  • Is ESG analysis more important for risk management or value creation?
  • What metrics associated with responsible investing have been most meaningful?
  • What is the difference between how American and European LPs value ESG programs, and why?
  • How do portfolio company management teams engage with GP-led ESG initiatives?
  • What will responsible investing mean in a recessionary environment?
07:45 - 09:00

LP think tank breakfast (invitation only)

  • What are the top issues for LPs as it relates to responsible investment?
  • Collectively as an LP community what can we do? where can we play? What can we ask from our GPs to invest more responsibly as it relates to ESG?
  • What’s most important to you?
  • What can the LP community do collectively?
  • In what areas can we collaborate to effect change?
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and welcome breakfast

Opening remarks
09:05 - 09:10

PEI welcome

Seth Kerker, Director Events – Americas, PEI

09:10 - 09:15

Chairman's opening remarks

Chris Fowle, Head of Americas, PRI

General session
09:15 - 09:45

Keynote address

09:45 - 10:30

LP roundtable

  • Is PE under threat and how do we think about its role and social impact and the economy? How does ESG play a role?
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Do LPs have control over the capital?
  • Flow of information between LPs and GPs
  • How to evaluate managers
  • Assessments and performance
10:30 - 10:50

Networking break

10:50 - 11:35

Impact investing

  • Raising capital for impact: what assets owners are looking for and fund managers can provide
  • Aligning on industry standards (Impact Management Project, IFC Operating Principles for Impact Management, IRIS+ Metrics)
  • Clash between negative and positive impacts for multi-billion dollar managers
11:35 - 12:20

ESG data

  • How well is that data output performing in comparison to peers
  • Are we able to benchmark fund manager performance?
  • Can we marry performance data with ESG performance data? Are we able to communicate the info to LPs
  • How to drive meaningful data
Networking lunch
12:20 - 13:50

Networking lunch

Plenary session
01:50 - 14:35


Breakout sessions
14:35 - 15:20

Track A | Responsible investing for real estate investors

  • Fragmented sustainability standards
  • Sustainability Metrics: Translation and impact on property investment and management
  • Strategies for investing in sustainable REITs
  • Affordable Housing / Developing underserved areas
14:35 - 15:20

Track B | ESG in private debt and responsible lending

  • Applying an ESG strategy across different debt instruments
  • Conducting ESG diligence in credit with limited access to information, balancing rigor and flexibility for large portfolios
  • ESG-focused CLOs: market opportunities and additional scrutiny
14:35 - 15:20

Track C | Benchmarking infrastructure for ESG performance

  • ESG and the long-term ownership of infrastructure assets
  • Developing a process to integrate ESG in investment decisions
  • Formulating an ESG policy and integrating it into the due diligence process
  • ESG issues over the investment’s lifespan
  • Supply Chain ESG Risks
Afternoon sessions
15:20 - 15:35

Networking break

15:35 - 16:15


16:15 - 16:55

Keynote address

16:55 - 17:00

Chairman's closing remarks

Chris Fowle, Head of Americas, PRI

17:00 - 18:00

Cocktail reception


Day 2 - Thursday 5th

Plenary sessions
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and breakfast

09:05 - 09:10

Chairperson's welcome

09:10 - 09:45

Featured spotlight discussion

09:45 - 10:30

How to invest in renewable energy responsibly

10:30 - 10:50

Networking break

10:50 - 11:35

Climate change

11:35 - 12:25

Diversity & inclusion

12:25 - 12:30

Chairman's closing remarks

12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch

2019 Speakers

Interested in speaking at the Forum?
Please contact Zakira Ralling at zakira.r@peimedia.com or +1 646 545 3321.

John Adler

Chief Pension Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Pension & Investments

John Adler is Director of the Mayor’s Office of Pensions and Investments and Chief Pension Investment Advisor for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He represents the Mayor and conducts research on all relevant pension fund investment issues, servin… Read full bio

Dr. Philipp Aeby

Chief Executive Officer, Reprisk

Dr. Philipp Aeby is CEO of RepRisk and previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner. Before joining RepRisk in 2006, he served in various managerial positions across Europe at Amgen, a global biopharmaceutical firm, an… Read full bio

Francesco Ambrogetti

Partnerships Development Specialist, United Nations Capital Development Fund

Francesco is Innovative Finance and Partnership advisor at Capital Development Fund of the UN (UNCDF). UNCDF’s mandate is to unlock public and private capital in the 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). He led the development of the first ETF on SDGs… Read full bio

Cate Ambrose

President and Executive Director, LAVCA

Cate Ambrose is President and Executive Director of LAVCA, the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America. LAVCA is a non-profit membership organization with over 190 member firms that control assets in excess of US$65b, directed at… Read full bio

Matthijs Baan

Co-Founder, Spring Associates

Mr Baan is Partner and Founder of Spring Associates and leads the sustainability and clean tech innovation practice of the firm. He serves corporates and private equity firms on ESG, sustainability and energy transition, with a special focus on susta… Read full bio

Will Baine

Senior Associate, The Jordan Company

Will Baine is a Senior Associate of The Jordan Company. Will joined TJC in 2014. Prior to TJC, Will worked in the Financial Sponsors Group at Macquarie Capital. Will holds a BA degree in Economics from Middlebury College.

Adam Blumenthal

Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Mr. Blumenthal was the founding partner of Blue Wolf in 2005. He has served on the board of directors of numerous middle market companies over the course of three decades. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Finch Paper Company LLC, Twi… Read full bio

Barbara Brown

Senior Partner, ERM

Barb is a pioneer in the field of corporate responsibility. She has partnered with countless clients to enhance their ESG practices. From Private Equity to Publicly-Held companies, Barb works with her clients to drive continuous change that leads to… 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

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

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

Chris Cozzone

Principal, Bain Capital Double Impact

Mr. Cozzone joined Bain Capital’s Global Private Equity team in London in 2011 and transferred to the Double Impact team in 2016. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Cozzone was a Consultant in Bain & Company’s Dubai and San Francisco offices, a priva… Read full bio

Rick Davis

Partner & COO, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Rick Davis is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Pegasus. Mr. Davis is a member of the firm's Executive, Investment and Compliance Committees. He has a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sector. Having served on Presid… Read full bio

Chris Fowle

Head of Americas , Principles for Responsible Investment

Chris joined the PRI in October 2016 as Americas Director, Signatory Relations to help manage 600 signatory relationships in North and South America. Previously he was Head of Investor Initiatives for CDP, the former Carbon Disclosure Project, in Nor… Read full bio

Wendy Garcia

Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the NYC Comptroller

As Chief Diversity Officer, Wendy Garcia is responsible for increasing contracting opportunities for Women- and Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and managing the Comptroller Office’s internal supplier diversity initiative, as well as other… Read full bio

Bennet Grill

Principal, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Bennet Grill is a Principal of Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC. The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private equity funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. Mr. Grill first joined Blue Wolf in 2012 and was i… Read full bio

Tracy Harris

Partner and Head of ESG, StepStone Group

Ms. Harris is a Partner at StepStone Group, a global private equity specialist overseeing over US$250 billion of private capital allocations, including over US$46 billion of assets under management. StepStone offers customized private markets investm… Read full bio

Kara Helander

Managing Director & Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, The Carlyle Group

Kara Helander is a Managing Director and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. She is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Helander was a Managing Director at BlackRock where she led the firm’s global inclusion and diversity, and p… Read full bio

David Helgerson

Managing Director, Hamilton Lane

Dave is a Managing Director on the Co-Investment Team and serves as a member of the Co-investment Committee. In this capacity, he is responsible for the direction and oversight of the firm’s direct investments and for leading investments within a var… Read full bio

Adam Heltzer

Head of ESG and Sustainability , Partners Group

Adam Heltzer is Partners Group's Head of Responsible Investment, as part of the Industry Value Creation business unit, based in New York. He is responsible for overseeing the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the… Read full bio

Brett Hickey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Star Mountain Capital

Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, a specialized investment firm bringing large market capabilities and resources to established small and medium-sized private businesses. Star Mountain’s distinctive investment platform provi… Read full bio

John Hodges

Managing Director, Infrastructure and Finance, BSR

James S. Hoch

Partner, Tailwind Capital

Jim co-founded Tailwind and is a Partner of the Firm. Jim has been active in the private equity business for more than 30 years and has served as a board member of over 25 private equity-backed companies. Jim began his career at Morgan Stanley where… Read full bio

Dan Jacobs

Principal , CD&R

Mr. Jacobs joined CD&R in 2010 after serving as a consultant to the Firm for six years. He focuses on global investor relations and communications and leads the CD&R Builds initiative, which includes responsible investment, ESG, and citizenship effor… Read full bio

Anadi Jauhari, CAIA

Senior Managing Director, Emerging Energy & Environment Investment Group LLC

Anadi Jauhari is a Senior Managing Director at Emerging Energy and Environment Investment Group (EEEIG), a New York-based applied research driven alternative investment firm specializing in global infra investments. In his current role, he heads the… 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

Georgette Kiser

Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group

Georgette Kiser is an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group where she is advising across the firm and in particular, the firm’s Global Technology and Solutions (GTS) organization, by developing and driving IT strategies across the global enterpris… Read full bio

Jay Koh

Managing Director, The Lightsmith Group

Jay L. Koh is Founder & Managing Director of The Lightsmith Group. The Lightsmith Group is a global investment platform focused on generating superior returns aligned with sustainable principles. Lightsmith is the sponsor of the (CRAFT) concept, the… Read full bio

David Korngold


David leads BSR’s financial services practice and works closely with BSR’s sustainability management team to partner with companies across sectors. He advises companies on integrating sustainability into corporate strategy, investment management, and… Read full bio

Steve Klinsky

Founder and CEO, New Mountain Capital

Steve Klinsky is the Founder and CEO of New Mountain Capital, which currently manages over $20 billion of assets, including $17.5 billion of private equity assets. The firm emphasizes non-cyclical “defensive growth” and business building - rather tha… Read full bio

Emily S. Kreps

Head of Investor Initiatives, CDP North America

Emily Kreps leads the CDP investor program for North America. She is experienced in defining and leading sustainable and responsible businesses, including a period as head of corporate development for a renewable and alternative energy company, as we… Read full bio

Alison Larkins

Director of Environmental Social Governance, TPG

As a member of TPG’s ESG team, Alison Larkins works to develop and amplify sustainability and social impact efforts across portfolio companies to ensure positive, real-world results for investors, companies, and communities. Alison has a 10-year trac… Read full bio

Beth Lowery

Managing Director for Sustainability and ESG, TPG

Beth Lowery is a Managing Director for Sustainability and ESG at TPG Global. She joined TPG as a Senior Advisor for Environment and Sustainability after a 20 year career with General Motors Company where she was a member of GM’s Senior Leadership Gro… Read full bio

Alice Mann

Operating Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Dr. Alice Mann is an Operating Partner at Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC. The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. For over 20 years, Dr. Mann has advised senior… Read full bio

Sonal Mahida

Principal, Verability

For over 15 years, Sonal has held senior and founding positions in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing field. She was the first Head of North America for Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), TIAA-CREF’s first Senior Gove… Read full bio

Andrew Malk

Managing Partner, Malk Partners

Andrew Malk, Managing Partner of Malk Partners, founded the firm after recognizing that even the most astute investors and well-managed companies need guidance to leverage environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management to protect and create v… Read full bio

Isobel Markham

Senior Editor, Private Equity Group, Americas, PEI

Isobel is the Senior Editor, Private Equity Group, Americas. She joined PEI in September 2014 as a staff writer, was promoted to senior reporter in May 2015 and became editor of Private Equity International's monthly print publication in January 2017… Read full bio

Emily Mendell

Head of Investor Initiatives, CDP North America

As Managing Director of Membership, Events and Communications for the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Emily Mendell is responsible for engaging, empowering and connecting all members through the organization's wide range of platfor… Read full bio

Ryan Miller

Principal, Malk Partners

Ryan is a Principal at Malk Partners where he leads Malk’s ESG transactional advisory practice. He specializes in the identification and quantification of ESG risks for a number of industries including natural resource extraction, industrial services… Read full bio

Dan A. Mistler

M&A Solutions, ESG Specialist, Bridge House Advisors

Dan is an Environmental Business Advisor at Bridge House Advisors. Dan leads the firm's ESG and Impact service lines, focused specifically on private equity clients. Prior to joining Bridge House, Dan was a senior leader in ESG and Impact advisory bu… Read full bio

Aditi Mohapatra

Senior Managing Director, Emerging Energy & Environment Investment Group LLC

Aditi works with BSR members across sectors to help them improve and advance their sustainability strategies. She leads BSR’s global portfolio of work on women’s empowerment across consulting, collaboration, and research. Aditi joined BSR after sever… Read full bio

John R. Monsky

Partner, General Counsel & ESG Committee Chair, Oak Hill Capital Partners

John R. Monsky is a Partner and General Counsel of Oak Hill Capital Partners and has been part of the firm since 1993. He serves as the Chair of the firm's ESG Committee. He also serves on the advisory board of Climate and Forest Capital and is an ac… Read full bio

Mike Muldoon

Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Mike Muldoon joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2017. Mike brings a unique perspective to the Foundation’s Innovative Finance portfolio having worked in the development finance space for public and private sector entities. As an Associate Director,… Read full bio

Don Reed

Executive Director, Anthesis Group

An Executive Director in Anthesis North American business, Don has 18+ years of experience helping operating companies, asset managers, and financial institutions develop and implement sustainability strategies that create business value by growing r… 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

Steve Rochlin


Steve Rochlin is Founder and CEO of Impact ROI. Impact ROI, LLC (formerly known as IO Sustainability) helps organizations achieve superior social, environmental, and financial performance. Through research and management consulting, Impact ROI assess… Read full bio

Abrielle Rosenthal

Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, TowerBrook Capital Partners LP

Ms. Rosenthal is a Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of TowerBrook. Prior to joining TowerBrook, Ms. Rosenthal was a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis advising U.S. and European pri… Read full bio

David Russell 

Head of Responsible Investment, USS Investment Management Ltd 

David Russell heads the Responsible Investment Team of USS Investment Management, the fund manager for Universities Superannuation Scheme, where he has worked since 2001. USS is one of the largest pension funds in the United Kingdom, with assets in e… Read full bio

Sheryl Schwartz

Managing Director, Flexstone Partners

Sheryl Schwartz is a Managing Director at Flexstone Private Equity (formerly Caspian), leading investments in primary and secondary funds. She is a member of the Investment and Executive Committee. From 2010 to 2013, Sheryl was a Managing Director of… Read full bio

Elizabeth Seeger

Director, Sustainable Investing, KKR

Elizabeth Seeger (Washington, D.C.) 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… Read full bio

Andrew Siwo

Investment Director, Colonial Consulting, LLC

Andrew Siwo is an Investment Director and Head of Mission Related Investments at Colonial Consulting, an investment consultancy to leading foundations and endowments. The firm has over $37 billion in assets under advisement. Prior to joining Colonial… Read full bio

Kurt Summers

70th Treasurer, City of Chicago

Kurt Summers is Chicago’s 70th Treasurer, having taken office in December 2014. A native son of Chicago, Treasurer Summers manages the city’s $8 billion investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s financ… 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

Marianne Voss

Supply Chain Compliance Lead, Malk Partners

Marianne is a supply chain lead for Malk Partners, where she has conducted supply chain due diligence on numerous acquisitions and helped to develop risk mitigation strategies for client companies post-acquisition, offering expertise on regulatory re… Read full bio

Susan Winterberg

Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Susan Winterberg is currently a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the Technology and Public Purpose Project. Her current work focuses on how entrepreneurs, government funders, and private invest… Read full bio

Julia Wittlin, CFA, CAIA, FRM

Managing Director, BlackRock Private Equity Partners

Julia Wittlin, CFA, CAIA, FRM, Managing Director, is a senior portfolio manager and leads portfolio strategy for BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) group within BlackRock Alternative Investors. Ms. Wittlin partners with large strategic clients t… Read full bio

George Wong

ESG Integration Manager, New York State Common Retirement Fund, Division of Pension Investment and Cash Management

George Wong leads ESG Integration work for the New York State Common Retirement Fund, driving both (1) integration of sustainability considerations into the Fund’s investment decision making and ownership practices and (2) ESG training and education.… Read full bio
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2020 Sponsors

The Responsible Investment Forum New York offers a unique opportunity for organizations to raise their profile by meeting with the largest gathering of investors, fund managers and organizations shaping the future of ESG in private equity.

For exclusive sponsorship packages, contact Tyler Mitchell at tyler.m@peimedia.com or call +1 646 795 3279.

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