Monday 18th October

12:30 – 14:00
Registration and Welcome Lunch

14:00 – 14:05
Welcome from the Summit Chair

Dawn Turner
Independent Adviser & NED

14:05 – 14:25
Presentation: Impact investing to accelerate the decarbonisation of our economy

Laure Villepelet
Head of ESG/CSR
Tikehau Capital

14:25 – 15:10
Panel: Net Zero – Why is 2050 so important and how can we get there?
What is the reality of net zero targets for the companies we invest in, institutional investors and investment managers? How do offsets work and are they always relevant? What is the effect of engagement and divestment? Can you create a net zero portfolio or is more required from investment managers?

Oliver Grayer
Corporate Programme Director

Randeep Somel
Fund Manager
M&G Investments

15:10 – 15:55
Panel: Just transition to recovery
The pandemic has had a global impact on people, economy, politics and societal outlook. It has created divides and brought people together. As we come out of the pandemic, hopefully, how can your investment help with economic recovery that is just and fair to the whole of society and enables companies to grow sustainable and have positive impact?

James Alexander
Chief Executive
UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association

Rachel Haworth
UK Policy Manager

Jan Anton van Zanten
SDG Strategist

15:55 – 16:25
Coffee and Exhibition

16:25 – 17:10
Panel: Impact from fixed income
When pension funds need to take equity off the table to reduce risk or increase diversification or start to move to buyouts how can they be assured that the same attention is being given to fixed income investments and is the approach to RI, ESG and Impact considerations any different from equity? What are the opportunities and what are the pitfalls?

James Briggs
Corporate Credit Portfolio Manager
Janus Henderson Investors

My-Linh Ngo
Head of ESG Investment, Portfolio Manager
BlueBay Asset Management

17:10 – 17:15
Closing Remarks

Drinks Reception


Tuesday 19th October

08:00 – 09:00
Welcome Coffee and Exhibition

09:00 – 09:05
Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:05 – 09:50
Panel: Placed based investing
For many years there has been recognition of regional inequality, with the North South Divide phrase being used as a proxy to express but it goes much further than that and our government has recognized there is a need to ”level-up”. Here we showcase some of the new and different investments opportunities that are available around the UK.

Paddy Dowdall
Assistant Director, Property, Local Investments, Accountancy & Legal
Greater Manchester Pension Fund

09:50 – 10:35
Panel: Emerging markets – The opportunities and challenges
Emerging markets create a diversified investment opportunity but comes with the natural challenges of developing countries. How can the RI, ESG and Impact principles be successfully applied? Should more money be going to emerging markets as more can be achieved than in developed countries with regard impact and improving ESG credentials?

Ross Ferguson
Senior Private Sector Adviser
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

10:35 – 11:20
Roundtable Discussions
Has society’s view of investment changed due to global shared experiences?

11:20 – 11:50
Coffee and Exhibition

11:50 – 12:35
Panel: Rating agencies and tools – What is the truth and when is it true?
As part of the investment evaluation and risk management process rating sources are often used either developed by independent companies or bespoke systems developed by investment management companies. The financial safety of a company / product is usually very similar but when it comes to the ESG credentials these can vary considerably – why is this the case and how can investors know what is valid or not?

Mitch Reznick
Head of Research and Sustainable Fixed Income
Federated Hermes

12:35 – 12:55
Presentation: Impact Investing Institute – What has been achieved and what can we look forward to
The Impact Investing Institute was launched in October 2019, and is working in the UK and internationally, and is at the forefront of the emerging consensus that capital can and should deliver for people and planet. They exist to encourage more investment made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. In this session we hear about the work to date, achievements and plans for the future.

Sarah Teacher
Executive Director
Impact Investing Institute

12:55 – 13:55

13:55 – 14:40
Panel: Infrastructure and renewables – Achieving performance, being responsible and having impact
Infrastructure is an asset class with a wide range of investment opportunities including renewables which might be regarded as the obvious good, but is this an asset class to be cautious about without setting parameters because of the potential for it to include the good, the bad and the ugly?

14:40 – 15:25
Panel: “Green Investments” – Has the development in taxonomy and regulation helped?
With the definition of “green” still being disputed in Europe, many cooks developing their own recipes for measuring impact, disclosure regulation and good practice continuing to grow – we are at risk of being hoodwinked by green/ESG/Impact/Net Zero washing. Our panel will try to let you see the wood for the trees.

Andreas Hoepner
Head, Data Subgroup, SG5 (Data & Usability), Platform on Sustainable Finance
European Commission

Marco Lenfers
Client Portfolio Manager, Impact Equities
Vontobel Asset Management

15:25 – 15:55
Coffee and Exhibition

15:55 – 16:40
Panel: Natural capital – A growing investment opportunity
Natural capital is the elements of nature that directly and indirectly produce benefits (or value) to people. There is an economic case for governments around the world to progress improvement projects that are likely to be most beneficial to society but are these investable in terms of an institutional investor. Our panel discuss the range across the investment spectrum.

Helen Avery
Head of Nature Programmes
Green Finance Institute

16:40 – 17:25
Panel: Private equity – How have private markets adapted to investors needs for clarity on ESG integration?
Private Equity is often an area where investors expect a higher level of “failures” and starts up are excused from the expectations of public market organisations – this feels an outdated view, so what has changed in private equity to meet the growing demand for all asset classes to integrate ESG and for disclosure on impact?

Jonathan Bailey
Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing
Neuberger Berman

17:25 – 17:30
Closing Remarks

Drinks Reception