Agenda

13:00 GMT/ 8:00 ET

Chair’s opening remarks

Ahren Lester, Assistant Editor, Environmental Finance

 

13:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Central banks and green bond engagement strategies

Speakers:
Jean Boissinot, Head of Secretariat, NGFS, Deputy Director, Financial Stability, Banque de France

13:30

Panel: The Path Forward in Sustainable Investing

  • How investors from each region approach investing in transition
  • What themes they are watching for 2022
  • Views on addressing greenwashing and ensuring greater credibility
  • How does shareholder action play into their ESG investment strategy?

Moderator:
Susan Thompson, Director, Sustainable Finance & Corporate Transitions, TD Securities

Panellists:
Andy Kochar, Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Head of Global Credit, AGF
David Oelker,
Head of ESG Investment, Fixed Income, EMEA, BlackRock
Alessia Falsarone, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Investing DMFI, PineBridge Investments

14:15

FIRESIDE CHAT: Harnessing debt capital markets to help emerging markets fund conservation and adaptation

Moderator: 
Ahren Lester, 
Assistant Editor, Environmental Finance

Speaker:
Slav Gatchev, Managing Director, Sustainable Debt, The Nature Conservancy

Developing Finance Strategies

14:35

Panel: Reaching the 1.5° Transition financing strategies

  • How is transition financing defined?
  • How are investors and fund managers approaching transition financing?
  • What is the framework and method to build those portfolios?
  • What are the frameworks and scientific benchmarks out there to assess transition financing?
  • Temperature alignment: how is this developing?
  • What are the approaches to assessing and measuring transition?
  • Taking a broader approach: how can investors support de-carbonisation across the larger economy and drive change in polluting sectors?

Moderator:
Michael Hurley, Deputy Editor, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Daniel Kricheff, Partner, Sustainability, Affirmative Investment Management
Gail Counihan, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Franklin Templeton
Mayur Mukati, Associate Director Corporate Solutions, Sustainalytics

15:20

Panel: Asia Focus - Investing in emerging markets

  • Is the appetite for emerging markets increasing?
  • What are the hurdles holding emerging market green bonds back?
  • What are the implications for issuers and investors on the increasing interconnection between social and green bond?

Moderator:
David Walker, Senior Writer, Field Gibson Media

Panellists:
Norbert Ling, ESG portfolio manager, Invesco Fixed Income Asia Pacific
Mushtaq Kapasi, Managing Director, Chief Representative Asia-Pacific, International Capital Market Association - ICMA
Michael Vos, MD, Regional Investment Manager, Asia Pacific, Investment Management, Zurich

16:05

PANEL: ABS: Diversifying for transition

  • Structured securities and their place in the market
  • ESG integration vs bond labelling
  • Challenges and opportunities going forward for these markets
  • How is it evaluated?
  • ESG European and US differences in approach

Moderator:
Thomas Cox, Senior Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Emanuele Fanelli, Head of ESG, Fixed Income & Partnerships, Aegon AM
Stephen Liberatore, Head of ESG/ Impact, Global Fixed Income, Nuveen
Lisa Bozzelli, Multifamily Trading Desk, Capital Markets, Fannie Mae
Vlad Olteanu, Portfolio Manager ABS & Mortgages, NNIP

Developing Policy, Regulation and Standards

16:50

Panel: The financial challenges of reaching Net Zero

  • What are investors' perspectives post COP 26 on the net zero strategy by 2050?
  • How key is collaboration to achieving Net Zero?
  • Are green bonds the solution to meeting targets?
  • How is the current regulatory landscape effecting the market?

Moderator:
Marina Petroleka, Global Head of ESG Research, Sustainable Fitch

Panellists:
John C.S. Anderson, Global Head Corporate Finance & Infrastructure, Manulife Investment
Management

Joost Slabbekoorn, Senior Responsible Investment and Governance Specialist, APG Asset Management
Sean Kidney,
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

17:35

Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference