Keeping diversity at the top of the agenda

The pandemic has shone a spotlight on challenges facing the world and diversity remains an area that businesses globally need to address to realise their full potential. The worlds’ leading diversity event focused on alternatives, the Women in Private Markets Summit is returning to London on 1-2 December. There will be additional opportunities for those unable to travel to participate remotely.

As part of the Women in Private Markets Summit, we are launching a cross-asset class virtual Networking Day on 20 May. The Women in Private Markets Networking Day agenda is designed to facilitate networking opportunities and covers topics of interest to practitioners across asset classes. Start your Women in Private Markets Summit experience in May and continue to access the networking platform and make connections before meeting at the Summit in December.

This year’s Women in Private Markets Summit will once again be co-located with the Women in Private Equity, Women in InfrastructureWomen in Real Estate and Women in Private Debt Forums. All registered attendees will have access to the four forums as well as the additional Networking Day allowing you to build your network across alternative asset classes. Book now to access the entire Women in Private Markets Summit.

COVERING WOMEN IN PRIVATE EQUITY, INFRASTRUCTURE, REAL ESTATE & PRIVATE DEBT

One Summit: Four Forums & Networking Day

What can you expect at the Women in Private Markets Summit?

1

Hear from industry leaders

Learn how they are actively addressing diversity within their own businesses and those they work with

2

Build your network

Connect with industry participants across private equity, infrastructure, private debt and real estate

3

Meet institutional investors

Hear from institutional investors who are looking to increase their exposure to private markets

Featured speakers from the 2020 Summit

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Book by 20 May and attend the Networking Day

Speed Networking

Switch on your camera and make connections for 25 minutes. Join 4-minute randomly generated meetings to build your network across private markets.

Working Groups

The audience will be split into small working groups to discuss topics including co-investing, mentoring, virtual fundraising and gender lens investing.

Virtual Cocktail Hour

At the end of the day, participants will be split into small groups for 1 hour of networking with an expert host leading the discussion.

Previous attendees in 2020

Actis
Advent International
AIMCo
Akin Gump
AllianzGI
Allstate Investment
Alte Leipziger Hallesche Versicherung
Alvarium Investments
AP2
AP6
Asian Development Bank
Assicurazioni Generali
Astrid Advisors
AustralianSuper
AviAlliance
BlackRock
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
Brightwood Capital Advisors
British Business Bank
British Columbia Investment
c*funds
Callan
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
CBRE Global Investors
CDC Group
Cebile Capital
Church of England Pension Board
CIBC Capital Markets
Clean Growth Fund
Coal Pension Trustees Services
Counselrock Partners
Crescent Capital Group
Crestbridge
Curzon
Deloitte
Derigo
Digital Colony
DSM
DWS
EBRD
EIF
European Leveraged Finance Alliance
FM Global
Ford Foundation
GIC
Global Infrastructure Partners
Government Pension Investment Fund
Greystar
GSO Capital Partners
Hamburg Commercial Bank
Hamilton Lane
Headway Capital Partners
Hermes Infrastructure
Hg
IHS Markit
ILPA
Infranode
Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
JLL
Kennedy Wilson
KKR
Korea Investment Corporation
LaSalle Investment Management
Level 20
LGT Capital Partners
Linklaters
Livingbridge
Local Pensions Partnership
M&G Investments
Macquarie
Manulife
MassMutual
Mayfair Equity Partners
Mbuyu Capital Partners
MEAG
Mediterrania Capital Partners
Mercer
MJ Hudson Spring
MN
Muzinich & Co
MV Credit
National Treasury Management Agency
Northleaf Capital Partners
Norvestor Equity
NTMA
Oaktree Capital Management
OMFIF
Permira Debt Managers
PGGM Investments
Pollen Street Capital
Proskauer
PSP Investments
QIC
Real Estate Balance
Riverside Europe Partners
Rothschild & Co
Said Business School
Schroders Investment Management
Signal Iduna Asset Management
SLC Management
Starwood Capital
StepStone Global
SV Sparkassenversicherung Holding
Swiss Reinsurance
Texas Municipal Retirement System
The Carlyle Group
The Church of England Pensions Board
The New York City Comptroller's Office
The World Bank Group
The Townsend Group
TPG Global
U.S. International Development Finance Corp
UNIQA Capital Markets
United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
USS
UTIMCO
Vantage Infrastructure
Varde PartnersVarma
Viridium
West Valley Capital
Whitehelm Capital
Willis Towers Watson
Wimmer Family Office

Testimonials from 2020

Julie Dunne

Investment Operations Manager, The Church of England Pensions Board

An incredibly inspirational event that would be a real benefit to any woman or man, in the industry to attend.

Louisa Yeoman

Co-Founder, Astrid Advisors

A virtual success for Women in Private Markets Summit in 2020 with fantastic representation across the different asset classes and excellent content from the sp…

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Katalin Gallyas

Managing Director, c*funds

Well curated, high-quality conference with the very best of industry passionate and practitioners. Lots of new insights and market trends. Cannot be missed!

Women in Private Markets Networking Day Agenda

The Networking Day will take place on 20 May 2021, all timings are in BST, UK time zone.

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

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

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Day 1
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Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 20th

Plenary
08:00 - 08:40

Networking discussion: Addressing diversity across Asian private markets

Gwen Collin, Jie Gong, Leonie Wilkinson
  • How does gender diversity develop in the respective asset classes, private equity, infrastructure and real estate?
  • What are the motivations of GPs and LPs moving toward gender balance in private markets?
  • How important is diversity during the due diligence process?
  • To what extent are senior leaders working with the recruitment team on diversity
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Gwen Collin

Independent Advisor in Sustainable Finance

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Jie Gong

Partner, Pantheon

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Leonie Wilkinson

Senior Vice President, Brookfield

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08:45 - 09:25

Networking discussion: Fundraising in Asia: Tips and tricks from Asian LPs

  • How are Asian LPs predicting the post covid-19 fundraising environment?
  • What private markets sub-sectors are of interest?
  • Which managers are grabbing the attention of LP’s?
  • How are Asian LPs evaluating GPs and their ESG policies in the diligence process
09:30 - 10:00

Asia meets Europe: Speed networking

Randomly generated short 4-minute meetings to build your contacts across private markets. Meetings will be randomly generated over 25 minutes of intense networking. Be prepared to switch on your camera and make connections

10:00 - 10:45

LP Panel: Allocations to private markets in a recessionary environment

Natalia Ilmark, Denise Le Gal, Claire Madden
  • How have private markets fared compared to other investments in recent months?
  • Do LPs expect to grow their allocation to private markets?
  • To what extent Is ESG / sustainability and impact growing in importance when deciding which funds and/ or strategies to invest with
  • Views on benefits and risks associated with co-investing
  • The state of virtual fundraising and will ‘normal’ ever return?
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Natalia Ilmark

Senior Investment Manager - Private Equity, Skandia

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Denise Le Gal

Chair, Brunel Pension Partnership

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Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

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10:45 - 11:30

To what extent will the current crisis create an opportunity for managers in private markets?

Rhonda Ryan
  • How are investment strategies changing to reflect the post-pandemic economy?
  • Putting dry powder to work in a rapidly changing economy
  • Views on macro risks of inflation, low interest rates, increased taxation & regulation
  • Comparing how the different asset classes have performed in the past year
  • Observation of crisis impact on current private portfolios?
  • Sectors exploring the opportunities created by the covid crisis?
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Rhonda Ryan

Head of European Private Equity - Alternatives, Mercer

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11:30 - 12:10

Networking Discussion: the continued growth of ESG across private markets

Dalit Nuttall

ESG has continued to rise up the agenda during the past year and ESG is playing a greater role in LPs and GPs’ due diligence processes. A scene setting presentation will be followed by splitting participants into small groups to discuss topics including

  • Managing climate related risks
  • The practical approach: path to net zero
  • Integrating sustainability risks into investment decisions and portfolio management
  • Using data and tools to gain transparency into the impact of ESG initiatives
  • SDG implementation
  • Impact
  • Lessons learnt: how to go beyond box-ticking exercises

Co-host
Dalit Nuttall,
Principal, West Valley Capital

Dalit Nuttall

Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

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12:15 - 12:55

Networking Discussion: fundraising and doing business remotely

Tracy Harris, Katja Salovaara

Fundraising across private markets has stood up surprisingly well considering the disruption brought about by the pandemic. Whilst the situation creates its own issues (particularly for new managers), it is surprising how robust fundraising has been. This is your chance to discuss strategies & learnings from the past year in small groups, topics to be discussed include:

  • Completing due diligence remotely
  • How to build investor relationships in a virtual world
  • Innovations and Learnings from the past year
  • Expectations for when normal returns
  • How to support emerging managers if there are potentially enduring travel restrictions: are LPs adapting?

Co-hosts
Katja Salovaara, Senior Investment Officer – Private Equity, New York City Retirement Systems
Tracy Harris
, Partner, Investor Relations & Product Strategy, Siris Capital Group

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Tracy Harris

Partner - Investor Relations & Product Strategy, Siris Capital Group

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Katja Salovaara

Senior Investment Officer - Private Equity, New York City Retirement Systems

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13:00 - 13:30

Lunchtime Presentation: ILPA Diversity in Action Update

Jennifer Choi
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Jennifer Choi

Managing Director of Industry Affairs, ILPA

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13:30 - 14:00

Speed networking

Randomly generated 4-minute meetings to build your contacts across private markets. Meetings will be randomly generated over 30 minutes of intense networking. Be prepared to switch on your camera and make connections

14:30 - 15:10

Networking discussion: the rise of co-investing

Floortje Brouwers

Appetite for co-investments continues to grow across private markets and the pandemic has accelerated existing trends with GPs turning to co-investors to support their activities. Small group  discussions will consider topics including

  • Aligning investors and fund managers – collaboration
  • Differences across asset classes and lessons learnt: private equity vs real estate or infrastructure?
  • Opportunities created by the past year
  • The blurring lines between secondaries and co-investments

Co-Host
Floortje Brouwers
, Senior Vice President, GIC

Floortje Brouwers, GIC

Floortje Brouwers

Senior Vice President, GIC Private Markets

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15:15 - 16:00

Mentoring Advice: Advancing your career in private markets

This unique session will split the event into zoom meetings with a senior representative on each table guiding the discussion. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns

16:00 - 17:00

Virtual cocktail hour

Alec Paxton, Dr Patricia Rodrigues Jenner, Jennifer Choi

1. Gender lens investing – Alec Paxton, Acting Managing Director – Gender Lens Investing (2X), DFC
2. Infrastructure – Patricia Rodrigues Jenner, Non-Executive Director
3. LPs – Jennifer Choi, Managing Director, Industry Affairs, ILPA
More to be added

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Alec Paxton

Acting Managing Director - Gender Lens Investing (2X), U.S. International Development Finance Corportation

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Dr Patricia Rodrigues Jenner

Investor & Advisor in Real Assets, Independent

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Jennifer Choi

Managing Director of Industry Affairs, ILPA

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Speakers for the Women in Private Markets Networking Day

For more information on speaking, please contact Charles Gould.

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Floortje Brouwers, GIC

Floortje Brouwers

Senior Vice President, GIC Private Markets

Floortje Brouwers leads the Infrastructure Debt strategy for GIC, based out of London. She is part of GIC’s INFRA investment team which covers Equity, Debt and Fund investments. In her role she is responsible for investments in non-investment grade a… Read full bio

Jennifer Choi

Managing Director of Industry Affairs, ILPA

As Managing Director of Industry Affairs for the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), Jennifer Choi directs the association’s engagement with external industry stakeholders to inform and enhance ILPA’s education, research, membership an… Read full bio

Gwen Collin

Independent Advisor in Sustainable Finance

Gwen is an independent advisor for PE/Infra funds looking to develop their sustainable projects in Asia. She was until recently with ENEA, a consulting company expert in energy transition and sustainable finance, she joined in 2018. She was supportin… Read full bio

Jie Gong

Partner, Pantheon

Jie Gong is a Partner at Pantheon, and a member of the firm’s Asia Regional Investment Committee and the Global Co-investment Committee. Jie joined Pantheon from Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners' private equity fund of funds group, wher… Read full bio

Tracy Harris

Partner - Investor Relations & Product Strategy, Siris Capital Group

Ms. Harris joined Siris in 2019. She leads investor relations and product strategy and also co-chairs the firm's ESG committee. She was most recently a Partner at StepStone Group, where she served as a senior member of the small buyout, growth equity… Read full bio

Sarah Hickey

Senior Investment Manager, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Sarah is a Senior Investment Manager with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) where she is responsible for driving the Fund’s commercial real estate strategy and sits on the board of a number of ISIF investee companies including Abbey Quarte… Read full bio

Natalia Ilmark

Senior Investment Manager - Private Equity, Skandia

Natalia is a senior investment manager in the Private Equity group at Skandia Mutual Life Insurance Company in Stockholm, Sweden. She has 12 years of experience investing in Venture Capital, Growth and Buyout funds, and making co-investments, across… Read full bio

Denise Le Gal

Chair, Brunel Pension Partnership

Denise Le Gal is Independent Chair of the Board at Brunel Pension Partnership. She was formerly Chair of the LGA’s Local Government Pension Committee (LGPC) and served as Board Member on the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) from inception to May 2019… Read full bio

Claire Madden

Managing Partner, Connection Capital

Claire is Managing Partner of Connection Capital, a private client investment business specialising in alternative investments. Claire’s career began as a private equity investor at 3i having graduated in Banking & International Finance from Loug… Read full bio
Dalit Nuttall

Dalit Nuttall

Principal, West Valley Capital

Following an institutional career with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Wachovia, Dalit founded WestValley Capital in 2007 to connect preferred solution providers with European pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in ways that addre… Read full bio

Alec Paxton

Acting Managing Director - Gender Lens Investing (2X), U.S. International Development Finance Corportation

Alec Paxton is the Acting Managing Director for Gender Lens Investing at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. Alec served as the inaugural Chair of the 2X Challenge and sits on the Steering Committee of the DFI Gender Finance Colla… Read full bio

Dr Patricia Rodrigues Jenner

Investor & Advisor in Real Assets, Independent

Dr. Patricia Rodrigues is an investor and senior advisor in real assets working with various infrastructure funds and UHNWIs. Patricia is a Non-Executive Board member at the Aquila European Renewables Income Fund PLC, listed on the LSE, and an indepe… Read full bio

Rhonda Ryan

Head of European Private Equity - Alternatives, Mercer

Rhonda Ryan is Partner, Head of European Private Equity at Mercer Alternatives based in London. Rhonda Ryan joined Pavilion Alternatives Group in 2013, which was acquired by Mercer in 2018. Rhonda Ryan leads the European Private Equity investment tea… Read full bio

Katja Salovaara

Senior Investment Officer - Private Equity, New York City Retirement Systems

Katja Salovaara serves as a Senior Investment Officer-Private Equity in the Bureau of Asset Management at the NYC Comptroller’s Office. She works closely with the Head of Private Equity in pursuing new initiatives, making investment recommendations a… Read full bio

Leonie Wilkinson

Senior Vice President, Brookfield

Leonie Wilkinson is a Senior Vice President in Brookfield’s Real Estate Group. In this role, Ms. Wilkinson is responsible for working with Brookfield’s local and global teams in overseeing portfolio management for Brookfield’s Australian core and cor… Read full bio
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