Events - 26.06.2019
2nd Sustainable Finance Forum
Organised by Luxembourg for Finance
2nd Sustainable Finance Forum
On the 26 June 2019, the second edition of the Sustainable Finance Forum will be held in presence of HE Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance.
For more details about the agenda and the speakers, please see below.
The event is free of charge and will be held in English.
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Nicolas Mackel, CEO, Luxembourg for Finance
Judith Bogner, Master of ceremony
HE Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister of Finance
Keynote Speech: Building sustainable capital markets, data and resilience
Jingdong Hua, Vice President and Treasurer, The World Bank
Keynote Speech: From screening to real impact
Gregory H. Kats, President, Capital E
Panel - Investing with impact
Impact investment is still far from mainstream, but is slowly and surely becoming a recognised positive response for solution-driven finance. Impact asset managers not only avoid negative impact, but tackle concrete issues and offer the investor a broad range of tangible projects to invest in, while knowing that their capital is positively impacting our society and its sustainability. How can private sector investment be increased to overcome specific environmental and social challenges?
Moderator: Judith Bogner, Independent Journalist
Denis Childs, Head of Positive Impact Finance, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking
Christopher Clubb, Managing Director, Convergence Blended Finance
Farrukh H. Khan, Senior Director Business Development, Acumen
Filipa Saldanha, Gulbenkian Sustainability Program, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Keynote Speech: From impact investing to financing the Sustainable Development Goals
Royston Braganza, CEO, Grameen Capital India
Panel - Integrating ESG in institutional investment
Asset owners act as an important catalyst in accelerating the development of responsible investment throughout the value chain. The panel discusses the opportunities asset owners have to integrate ESG across their portfolio, as well as the challenges this involves. It also touches on the responsibility that institutions have to actively shape the future beyond pure business-driven motives to include ethics and their social and environmental impact in their business decisions.
Moderator: Hugh Wheelan, Co-founder and Managing Editor, Responsible Investor
Stephen Barrie, Deputy Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board
Claudia A. Bolli, Head Responsible Investing, Swiss Re Management
Gregory H. Kats, President, Capital E
Markus Löning, Managing Director and Senior Strategy Adviser, Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business
Keynote Speech: Ambition versus Reality: Are we really ready to walk the talk?
Wim Van Hyfte, Ph.D., Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research, Candriam
Panel - From PE to ETFs: ESG across asset classes
Despite sustainable finance becoming increasingly mainstream, Environmental, Social and Governance issues are not yet fully integrated across all asset classes. The main reasons include a lack of harmonised data, misconceptions about profitability and uncertainty about the quality of the underlying assets. These are some of the issues discussed on this panel by different asset managers. They will also offer insights into their experience about ESG product development and ESG asset classes growth & trends.
Moderator: Daniel Winter, Commissioning Editor, Financial Times
Hortense Bioy, European Director of Passive Strategies and Sustainability Research, Morningstar
Anne Canel, Managing Director, HLD Europe
Iain Richards, Head of Responsible Investment, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Charles Symons,Director and Responsible for iShares in Belgium and Luxembourg, BlackRock
Panel - Can we trust markets to do the right thing? The role of policy in mainstreaming Sustainable Finance
While the European Commission is taking a lead in the creation of a common taxonomy, a vital component in ensuring that the same language (data) is used the same way across the industry, the panel will explore challenges and opportunities of implementing an integrated approach across public and private sectors to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable financial system.
Moderator: Michael Hurley, Staff Writer, Environmental Finance
Greg Medcraft, Director, OECD’s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs
Flavia Micilotta, Director, Luxembourg Green Exchange
Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International
Aldo Romani, Head of Sustainability Funding, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Molly Scott Cato, Member of the European Parliament
Fund case study (ALFI & LuxFLAG): The two worlds of Impact & ESG - Will both manage to convince the investors?
Impact and ESG investments are two sides of one coin in the quest for sustainable investments. ESG investing strives for a better finance which is open to a broad audience and assembles large investment tickets. Impact investments are today mainly available for well-informed investors who aim to create tangible impact. Which model will be more persuasive for the retail and institutional market in the future? How much additional impact can listed companies really create? Or is true impact only possible through project finance? The session will explore through concrete case studies how both worlds might together add up in a future-proof equation.
Moderator: Sachin Vankalas, General Manager, LuxFLAG
Véronique Chapplow, Investment Director - Equities, M&G Investments
Ophélie Mortier, Responsible Investment Strategist, Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM)
Marie-Laure Schaufelberger, Group Stewardship Officer, Pictet Group
Banking case study (ABBL): Enabling and intermediating the ESG transition of economic systems
Banks can be catalysts for change given their critical role in facilitating, intermediating and advising on capital flows in form of financing, capital market issuance or outright investment, all of which are integral to the ESG transition of economic systems. Such transition poses risks, both financial and non-financial, and provides corresponding opportunities to banks and their clients. Join the discussion among industry practitioners to hear about tangible ways to make a difference as well as challenges in driving sustainable development and the ESG transition.
Moderator: Corinne Molitor, Partner, Innpact
Damien Degros, Head of Wholesale Banking & Member of the Executive Committee, ING Luxembourg
Frank Krings, CEO, Deutsche Bank Luxembourg
Constantine Rinn, Head of Capital Markets & Advisory Solutions, UBS Luxembourg
Kaiyu Yang, Deputy General Manager, ICBC Luxembourg
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Deputy Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board
European Director of Passive Strategies and Sustainability Research, Morningstar
Head of Positive Impact Finance, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking
Head of Wholesale Banking & Member of the Executive Committee, ING Luxembourg
Managing Director and Senior Strategy Adviser, Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business
Responsible Investment Strategist, Degroof Petercam Asset Management (DPAM)
Director and Responsible for iShares in Belgium and Luxembourg, BlackRock
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