ESG Focus: Sustainable Investment Strategy Summit

Now in its 2nd year we are excited to reveal a new branding for our annual, ESG Conference which will be live in London.

  • London
  • Complimentary

Why attend?

With our audience needs in mind, The ESG Focus – Sustainable Investment Strategy Summit will have a fresh new look and focus to engage and resonate with our audience in 2022 and the years to come.

ESG is becoming increasingly important and a key topic for institutional investors. With these evolving needs and interests, our rebrand launch intends to focus on the latest ESG solutions, regulations and technology trends by gathering together key experts and industry leaders.

Our event will gather C-level, VPs and Directors to cover a key range of strategic topics that are shaping the world of Sustainable Investment, including: Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence, Regulation, Biodiversity Investment, Data Transparency, Supply Chain Performance, ESG Ratings and much more.

Our esteemed speakers, sponsors, industry leaders and senior level delegates from the institutional investment community will assemble to discuss new ways of driving profitability through making sustainable investment decisions and finding new innovative approaches to sustainability.

Attendees will have access to cutting-edge presentations, interviews, and panel discussions as well as networking breaks, lunch, and networking drinks reception. We are confident that the event will enable attendees to form many new meaningful business relations.

Date: Thursday 7th July 2022

Time: 9am - 5pm BST

Location: The Biltmore Mayfair, London

For further information on sponsorship opportunities and our BFSI event Calendar 2022, please contact:
Ilyas Ismail : +44 20 7406 6652

To enquire about speaking opportunities, please contact:
Allan Letinov, Programme Manager BFSI Events:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7406 6749

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  • Thu Jul 7th


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Jimmy Greer
Vice President ESG Outreach and Research, Moody's ESG Solutions

Jimmy Greer is Vice President of ESG Outreach and Research for Moody’s ESG Solutions. In this role, Jimmy leads ESG-related outreach and engagement activities with stakeholders and the creation of original research on a range of ESG issues on topics including the Just Transition, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and social risks.

Before joining Moody’s ESG Solutions, Jimmy was Head of Sustainability at The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global professional accountancy body. As Head of Sustainability at ACCA, he led activities across the organization to advance the role of finance professionals in engaging with ESG issues. In this capacity, he created award-winning research and engaged with policymakers around the world on topics including climate action, social impact measurement and management, business model innovation, the SDGs and ESG risk management.

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Joshua Black
Editor-in-Chief, Insightia

Joshua Black is a recognised expert on corporate governance and shareholder activism globally as the public face of news and data provide, Insightia, a Diligent Brand.

An experienced writer, interviewer and editor, he oversees the first magazine and newswire dedicated solely to shareholder activism. Currently New York-based, he established roots in finance through a three-year stint in restructuring.

Josh graduated with a distinction-level MSc in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford, where he also served as Associate Editor to Timothy Garton Ash's Free Speech Debate project and founded the blog Vostok Cable. He previously gained a first-class degree in History at the University of Leeds.

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Rongrong Huo
Executive Director and Head of Investment Institute, Ninety One

Rongrong Huo is the Executive Director, Head of Investment Institute at Ninety One plc, an asset management business which is dual-listed on the London Stock Exchange (FTSE250) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Ninety One is a founder-led global investment manager. The Investment Institute reports directly to the CEO, CIO and delivers strategic insights and analysis across asset classes, investment strategies and borders.

Prior to joining Ninety One plc, Rongrong spent 12 years at HSBC within its investment banking team. As co-Head of Sustainable Finance within Global Banking and Markets, she was responsible for green and sustainable product innovation across financing and investment. She was also Global Head of RMB Business, where she led the overall China and RMB internationalisation strategy, revenue growth, product innovation and wider strategic client execution.

Rongrong is a Visiting Fellow at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She chairs the international workstream for City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and leads overall China engagement. She sits on the Senior Steering Group for the UK Government’s Green Finance Institute. She is also the Chair of the UK’s ESG Leadership Forum. In 2021, she was appointed as a board member/trustee of both the City of London Guildhall School and its Investment Committee.

Rongrong was recognised by Financial News as one of the 100 most Influential Women in Finance for three consecutive years and has also won the Chinese Business Leaders Award for Excellence in Banking. Rongrong has been awarded as a Freeman of City of London in recognition of her contribution in Finance and cross-border business collaboration.

Rongrong also holds a Master of Science degree with Distinction obtained from Bayes Business School (formally Cass) in London, UK. She recently graduated from Harvard Business School and is an Alumni of Harvard.

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Andrea Blackman
Managing Director - Global Head of ESG Solutions Group, Moody's

Andrea Blackman leads Moody’s ESG Solutions Group, which houses Moody’s ESG and Sustainable Finance capabilities and works alongside Moody's Investors Service (MIS), the rating agency, and Moody's Analytics (MA), a provider of financial information platforms and risk analytics solutions, to deliver a comprehensive suite of best-in-class ESG solutions to the market.

Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, including leadership roles with banks, asset managers and vendors, harnessing financial and technology innovation to build successful businesses. In her former role as Managing Director in Moody’s Analytics, Andrea led the transformation of CreditView, Moody’s flagship research, data and analytics platform, into the leading solution serving credit market professionals worldwide.

Andrea sits on the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council for Moody’s Corporation and supports the work of the Moody’s Foundation. She is the Executive co-sponsor of Moody’s Minds Employee Resource Groups and is a member of the 30% Club in the UK.

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Venetia Bell
Group Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Strategy, GIB Asset Management

Venetia Bell is the Group Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Strategy at GIB Asset Management.

Venetia has the overall responsibility for GIB’s sustainability efforts, providing strategic direction, deep expertise, and developing a leading-edge ESG product suite. As Head of Strategy at GIB Asset Management, she has overall responsibility for devising and implementing the company’s strategy of succeeding through scaling and mobilising capital in support of sustainable investment strategies. She is also responsible for governance and communication.

Venetia joined GIB Asset Management from the Bank of England where, most recently, she was Deputy to the Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, Venetia was named one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35. She is an alumna of the Mentoring Foundation and a fellow of the Forward Institute. She is a Certified Investment Fund Director, and a Trustee of two charities. Venetia graduated with an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

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Faith Ward
Chair, The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)

Faith Ward’s career has been dedicated to integrating and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks in finance and investment. Faith leads engagement with the fund management industry and is involved in industry wide initiatives to improve standards in responsible investment, corporate engagement and fund governance and reporting.

Faith’s roles include Co-chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), Chair of the Reporting and Assessment Advisory Committee for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Member of the Ethics Investment Advisory Group for the Church of England National Investing Bodies, Vice-chair of the Investment Innovation Benchmark Assessment Committee and member of the Future-Fit Expert Council.

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Lennart Hermans
Environmental Research Director, Osmosis Investment Management

Lennart Hermans is Environmental Research Director at Osmosis Investment Management. Osmosis believes that to gain mainstream adoption, sustainable investment should not come at the cost of financial returns and that sustainability metrics, if quantifiable and objective in nature, can be applied to mainstream portfolios to generate alpha.

Prior to joining Osmosis, Lennart was a senior technical officer at the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), where he developed assessment methodologies for corporate disclosures on climate change, water security and deforestation. Lennart also led work on developing reporting frameworks with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on waste and with the European Commission on best environmental practices targeting high impact sectors.

Lennart holds a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School and a Masters of Science in Bioscience Engineering from the KU Leuven, including a semester abroad at the University of Natural Resources, Vienna.

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Annachiara Marcandalli
European Head of Sustainable Investing, Cambridge Associates

Annachiara Marcandalli joined Cambridge Associates in 2000 and has more than 20 years of investment and impact experience. Annachiara is the lead investor for clients with assets from $350m to $4bn. Several of these clients are pursuing ambitious ESG integration strategies for the portfolio, ranging from fossil divestment, impact investing carve outs and net zero carbon targets. She also co-chairs the firm’s Sustainable and Impact Investing Council, a cross-practice group that drives strategy and research on sustainability and impact. She served as co-head of the European Endowment and Foundation Practice and leads the firm’s Italian business.

Annachiara is a frequent speaker at European client and industry conferences and regularly contributes to firm research on sustainability trends and strategies. In 2019, she co-authored A Summary of Climate Change Science for Investors and in 2020, she co-authored The Materiality of Sustainability for Investors.

Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Annachiara was in the investment banking division of Lazard & Freres Italy. She also worked for Sunguard in London, specialising in risk management for complex portfolios.

She holds an Economics degree from Universita’ Commercial “L. Bocconi” in Milan and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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Anita McBain
Managing Director, Head of ESG Research, EMEA

Anita McBain is a Managing Director at Citi Research, heading EMEA ESG Research.

Anita joined Citi from M&G Investments where she was Head of Responsible Investment & ESG across equities and fixed income. Prior to M&G, Anita led Sustainability Research for an Impact fund focused on mitigating climate change, tackling deforestation and delivering alignment to the SDGs.

Earlier in her career, Anita worked for various buy-side and sell-side firms in credit research and global markets.

Anita holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge in Sustainability Leadership, an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in Computer Systems from City University London. Anita most recently submitted her Master’s thesis on the need to adopt a science-based approach to sustainable investing and the integration of biodiversity loss into the investment process.

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Kroum Sourov
Lead ESG Analyst - Sovereign Sustainability, Candriam

Kroum Sourov joined Candriam as Lead Sovereign ESG Analyst in 2018. His previous roles include a global macro portfolio manager at Mako Global, a director of foreign exchange market strategy at UBS, an Assistant Vice President in the Strategic Transactions Group of Barclays Capital, and a bond trader at Goldman Sachs.

Kroum holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Environment, Resources and Sustainability from The Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland; a Master of Finance from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Colgate University, United States.

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Andrew Harper
Head of Ethics, Epworth Investment Management

Andrew Harper serves Epworth Investment Management as Head of Ethics and is responsible for all matters related to ethical thought leadership and ethical performance.

Andrew brings his unique, people-focused approach to ESG investing and his thought leadership encourages people to seek tangible, justice-led change in their ethical investing outcomes.

From Texas, and ordained in the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Andrew was previously Director of Global & Learning Innovation at a graduate and postgraduate learning community that aimed to provide education-driven upward economic mobility to the most underserved people in the Global South.

Andrew holds an honours degree from Manchester, postgraduate qualifications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a doctorate from Wesley University in Nigeria.

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Martina Macpherson
Head of ESG Product Management, SIX – Swiss Exchanges Group and Visiting Fellow, Henley Business School

Martina Macpherson serves as Head of ESG Product Management at SIX - Swiss Exchanges Group and Visiting Fellow at Henley Business School. She is also President of the Network of Sustainable Financial Markets, a NextGen think tank in Sustainable Finance.

Martina has held several global leadership roles in ESG strategy, product development and innovation, including Senior Vice President, ESG and Engagement Strategy at Moody’s, Global Head of ESG Index Products and Research at S&P DJI, Managing Director of Sustainable Investments Partners Ltd. and Vice President of ESG Solutions at MSCI.

Prior to this, Martina worked in ESG product, research and engagement roles at Insight Investment, F&C AM and at Deutsche Bank AG.

Martina has designed and delivered academic lectures and industry training programs in climate risk and ESG strategy, products and investing, as well as in sustainable finance market and regulatory developments, and in ESG reporting for corporations and investors.

Martina is a public speaker in sustainable investing and has co-authored a range of ESG and Fintech books, including “The AI Book” (Wiley, 2020), “Handbook on Species Extinction Accounting and Biodiversity” (Routledge, to be published in Q1 2022), and “ESG in Portfolio Construction” (RiskBooks, to be published in Q2 2022).

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James Alexander
Chief Executive Officer, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)

James Alexander joined the UK Sustainable Investment Finance Association (UKSIF) as Chief Executive in October 2020, with a strong vision and mandate to further enhance the organisation’s key role in promoting and expanding sustainable investment and finance in the UK.

James has a background in international climate finance and infrastructure finance as well as many years’ experience in leadership roles in membership organisations. Most recently, James supported global megacities to overcome the substantial barriers to financing climate action as Director of the City Finance Programme at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Head of the C40 Cities Finance Facility – a project preparation facility he developed, now supporting cities across the world to structure nearly a billion dollars of sustainable infrastructure transactions. James has worked on international climate finance issues at the UN level and supported cities across the world to invest their pensions and reserves more sustainably.

James is Treasurer of Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, a member of the Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) providing advice to the UK Government on implementing a UK green taxonomy and a member of the Disclosures and Labels Advisory Group (DLAG) providing advice to the FCA on the UK’s SDR and fund labelling regime.

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Jon Bernstein
Freelance Writer, Moderator and Digital Media Consultant

Jon Bernstein is an award-winning journalist, editor and event moderator.

Jon was Deputy Editor, then Digital Director, at the New Statesman; multimedia editor at Channel 4 News; ran the Channel 4 FactCheck website during the 2005 general election; and was editor-in-chief of Directgov, working in the Cabinet Office’s eGovernment Unit. In 2011 he was named Website Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors for He spent his first ten years as a journalist working as a reporter and editor covering technology for a number of titles including PC Week and

Jon has moderated roundtables and panel discussions on a range of subjects for The Guardian, New Statesman, Prospect Magazine and Computer Business Review among others.

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Marcus Wilert
Vice President Responsible Investment, BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA)

Marcus Wilert joined BMO GAM in 2020 and is primarily responsible for analysis and engagement with the chemicals, consumer staples, consumer discretionary and hospitality sectors. He focuses on biodiversity and supply chain human rights across sectors, and leads our sustainable food engagement project.

Marcus has 13 years of experience of managing supply chain human rights and environmental sustainability programmes with H&M, Waitrose and Primark across Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Prior to joining BMO, Marcus worked for EOS at Federated Hermes as a corporate stewardship specialist engaging Asian companies in the technology, finance, automotive and materials sectors on ESG issues while co-leading the development of the wider human rights engagement programme.

Marcus holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics.

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David Atkin
CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment

David Atkin was appointed CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment in December 2021. The PRI is a UN-supported organisation, with more than 4,800 signatories who collectively represent over US $121 trillion in AUM. He is responsible for the PRI’s global operations.

Most recently, David served as the Deputy CEO for AMP Capital and prior to that spent almost 13 years as the CEO for Cbus Superannuation Fund where he saw membership grow from 500,000 to over 750,000 and AUM rise to AUD $55 billion.

David currently serves on the board of the Climate Council. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University for his work in the sustainable finance field, was awarded the FEAL Fund Executive of the Year in 2017 and was presented with a ASFA Life Membership in 2020.

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Evan Lubin
Executive Director, Sentieo International

Evan Lubin serves as Executive Director at Sentieo International and is based out of the company’s growing London office.

Evan oversees sales and customer service in the EMEA region, and works closely on account development and relations with global asset management and hedge fund firms.

Prior to joining Sentieo, Evan served on the early stage growth teams at several Silicon Valley-based fintech startups.

Evan holds a degree in Math and Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

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Daniel Hanna
Global Head Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Daniel Hanna is the Global Head of Sustainable Finance for Standard Chartered Bank. Daniel established sustainable finance at Standard Chartered and grew it from an intern into a global team that mobilized $22bn in green and transition finance in 2021, with an asset base of $9.2bn, 70% focused on low-income countries, and launched 26 new sustainable finance products.

Standard Chartered was ranked number 1 in green loans globally and JLM on over a third of all sustainable bonds in Asia in 2021. Daniel has set up an ESG Advisory team to work with clients on their ESG strategy and engagement and a Transition Finance team focused on the new technologies that will drive decarbonization across key industries. He, and his team, have created several innovative financing transactions including the world’s first blue bond, the first sustainable deposit, the first sustainable trade product and the first climate transition bond for an Airline. Standard Chartered was awarded Best Bank for Sustainable Finance by Global Finance in 2019.

Daniel is also responsible for Standard Chartered’s Environmental and Social Risk Management team and helped develop Standard Chartered’s 2050 Net Zero commitment and 2030 interim targets for financed emissions. Daniel also set up and ran Standard Chartered’s $1bn non-profit fund to finance the fight against Covid-19 and created, with the UK’s CDC, the post-Ebola Reconstruction Facility for Sierra Leone. Daniel is a Steering Group member of UNDP’s SDG Impact Group and the UN’s Global Investors Alliance for Sustainable Development. Daniel is also a board member of the African Union’s development finance institution, Afreximbank.

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Headline Sponsor 2022

Moody’s ESG Solutions Group is a business unit of Moody’s Corporation serving the growing global demand for ESG and climate insights.The group empowers organizations to make better, more sustainable decisions. By providing data, analysis, analytical tools and intelligence, Moody’s ESG Solutions enables leaders to assess ESG risks and opportunities, strengthen sustainability action plans and communicate with key stakeholders. The group also complements Moody’s long-established record in risk management expertise. Its comprehensive offering includes ESG scores, climate data, Sustainability Ratings and Sustainable Finance certifier services that help fulfil the broad spectrum of ESG-related goals in risk management, equity and credit markets.

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Diligent is the leading provider of modern governance solutions. Our digital-first approach brings together an integrated suite of product solutions, insights and professional expertise that empower leaders to drive change and build resiliency across their organizations. Our solutions help build the infrastructure to operationalize modern governance processes and best practices, transforming effective governance into a long-term, competitive advantage. From secure collaboration and compliance solutions to our industry-leading insights and governance network, we are changing how work gets done at the board and executive levels.
The largest global network of corporate directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 19,000 organizations and 700,000 leaders in in over 90 countries. With award-winning customer service across the globe, Diligent serves more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.

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Sentieo provides the first financial intelligence platform specifically designed for the research needs of investors. Sentieo’s AI-powered financial search engine aggregates internal and external content into a single shared workspace for a more efficient research process. Over 1,000 global customers, including 800 institutional investment firms and Fortune 500 companies, use Sentieo to surface, visualize, and share the insights that give them an edge. For more information visit

2021 Sponsors

Accuvio is a cloud based, specialist ESG and Sustainability productivity software suite. At it’s core, Accuvio provides elegant solutions for data capture, validation and reporting, global emissions calculations and conversions. Additional modules enable sustainability report curation, supplier surveys, and ESG investor questionnaire response composition, all on a single, secure, easy to use global platform. Accuvio Author is the latest innovation by Accuvio combining the calculated numerical data in the exact tabular formats required by CDP, GRI, DJSI RobeccoSam, SASB, MSCI, and many others, with the textual information required from around your organisation in a seamless workflow driven process.

Diligent is the leading provider of modern governance solutions. Our digital-first approach brings together an integrated suite of product solutions, insights and professional expertise that empower leaders to drive change and build resiliency across their organizations. Our solutions help build the infrastructure to operationalize modern governance processes and best practices, transforming effective governance into a long-term, competitive advantage. From secure collaboration and compliance solutions to our industry-leading insights and governance network, we are changing how work gets done at the board and executive levels.
The largest global network of corporate directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 19,000 organizations and 700,000 leaders in in over 90 countries. With award-winning customer service across the globe, Diligent serves more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.

Goby provides the industry’s most comprehensive, intelligent, and intuitive platform for ESG management. It helps organizations execute ESG initiatives that attract and retain investors, accelerate sustainable and responsible growth, and mitigate enterprise risk. Today, Goby’s data coverage exceeds $330 Billion in assets under management (AUM) across hundreds of the world’s leading organizations. Goby has been recognized by the US EPA as a 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence for the 5th consecutive year, and a Partner of the Year since 2012. It is a GRESB Partner, a Fitwel Champion, a ULI Strategic Partner, and a LEED Proven Provider.

Longevity Partners is a multi-disciplinary energy and sustainability consultancy which supports businesses in the transition to a low carbon economy across 38 countries. Our purpose is to unlock sustainable value, by educating and transforming the built environment with the right passionate experts, knowledge, tools and resources to deliver the green economy the world needs today. We provide strategic guidance, compliance support and innovative solutions to property investors, developers and occupiers from our offices in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Austin, New York & San Francisco.

M&G Investments is part of M&G plc, a leading global savings and investment business which has £271bn of assets under management*. M&G plc have over 7 million customers in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas including individual savers and investors, life insurance policy holders and pension scheme members. For nearly nine decades M&G Investments has been helping its customers to prosper by putting investments to work, which in turn creates jobs, homes and vital infrastructure in the real economy. Its investment solutions span equities, fixed income, multi asset, cash, private debt, infrastructure and real estate.

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