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Agenda

8.00

Registration, coffee & pastries

9.00

Welcome address

David Harris, Head of ESG, FTSE Russell and Group Head, Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group

9.15

Water investment and sustainable development

  • Management of water for sustainable growth and development
  • Importance of market involvement in water investing
  • Investment in water security and future investment requirements for water
  • Drivers for making investment in water more palatable
  • Main initiatives behind  the OECD Roundtable on Financing Water  

Xavier Leflaive, Water Team leader, Environment Directorate, OECD

9.35

Panel session: Water security, water stress measurement and business continuity in the future

  • Introduction to drought/water stress tool
  • Water as a systemic risk
  • G20 priorities
  • Financial sector support and greater understanding of the risks and opportunities
  • Project/drought stress testing tool

Moderator:
Anders Nordheim, Head of Ecosystems Management and Sustainable Land Use, UNEP Finance Initiative

Panellists:
Courtney Lowrance
, Global Head, Environmental and Social Risk Management, Citi
Danielle Carreira
, Project Manager Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA), Global Canopy Programme
Miroslav Petkov
, Director, Financial Institutions, S&P Global Ratings
Stephen Moss
, Director Capital Markets Solution, RMS
Yannick Motz
, Lead, Emerging Markets Dialogue on Finance, (GIZ GmbH)

10.20

Presentation: Investing in water

  • Water strategy
  • Investment drivers
  • Water investing – how and why

Speakers:
Noel O'Halloran, Chief Investment Officer, KBI Institutional Water Fund

10.50

Coffee break

11.10

Panel session: Water risks: The metrics that matter for global investors

  • Water-related risks to investor portfolios by asset class
  • Location risk
  • Industry
  • Best-case examples of the management of exposure to water risk

Panellists:
Antoine Sorange
, Head of SRI Analysis, Amundi
Morgan Gillespy,
Head of Water, Corporate Water Stewardship, CDP
Piet Klop, Senior Advisor, Responsible Investment, PGGM
Cyrus Lotfipour, Vice President,  ESG Research (US), MSCI 

Moderator:
Peter Cripps
, Editor, Environmental Finance

 

11.55

Panel session: Water utilities & infrastructure – Assessing funding requirements and financing approaches (including PPP) to meet future demand from business and local communities

  • Looking at the funding gap of water utilities and infrastructure
  • Future demand vis-à-vis population growth and economic activity
  • Approaches to funding and investing in water-related development

Panellists:
Ian Allison
, Global Head, Climate Resilience Initiative, Mott MacDonald
Lillian Georgopoulou
, Fixed Income Product Specialist, London Stock Exchange
Paul O'Callaghan
, CEO, BlueTech Research
Dr. Ralf Bufler
, Managing Director, GKW Consult
Will Maize
, Senior Analyst, Bluefield Research

12.40

Lunch

13.40

Panel session: Water risks in the portfolio – An institutional investor perspective covering:

  • The importance of water risk to institutional investors
  • Water management reporting
  • ESG factors
  • Water security factors
  • Transparency issues in terms of commitments, policies and strategies

Panellists:
Faith Ward
, Chief Responsible Investment and Risk Officer, Environmental Agency Pension Fund
Monika Freyman
, Director, Investor Initiative, Water Program, Ceres
Philippe Rohner
, Senior Investment Manager, Pictet
Richard Mattison
, Chief Executive Officer, Trucost
Sarika Goel, Responsible Investment Manager Research, Mercer Investments
Kristel Verhoef
, Active Ownership Specialist, Actiam

Moderated by:
Gemma James
, Manager, Environmental issues, UNPRI

14.40

Presentation: Shades of climate risk for Investors

  • Understanding the latest science on water risk
  • Identifying the biggest water-related risks
  • Probabilities of extreme weather events including flooding and drought

Speakers:
Christa Clapp
, Head of Climate Finance, CICERO

15.10

Afternoon coffee break

15.30

Risk to reward: Opportunities to create value from water-related investments

  • How large companies can create opportunity from water risk in their supply chain, and value for their business and for their investors.
  • Types of water infrastructure that contribute to water security, and provide a return for investors
  • How financial institutions can integrate water considerations into their investment decisions to seize opportunities and minimize riskAre corporates proactive or reactive to water risks?

Speakers:
Ambika Jindal
, Vice President Sustainable Finance, Wholesale Banking, ING
Henk Ovink
, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Kingdom of The Netherlands & Sherpa for the UN HLP on Water
Kathleen Dominique, Policy Analyst, OECD

Moderator:
Margaret Kuhlow, Global Finance Practice Leader, WWF

16.15

Panel session: Identifying and managing water risks beyond the fence line

  • Identifying supply-chain risks
  • Valuing of water
  • Reputational risks
  • Local stakeholder engagement strategies

Panellists:
Dr Alex Money
, Programme Director, University of Oxford
Dr Nick Hepworth
, Director, Water Witness International
Dr James Allan
, Associate Director, Verisk Maplecroft
Jan K. Verweyen
, Water Stewardship Advisor, GIZ (German Development Cooperation)

Moderated by:
Scott McCready
, Chief Strategy Officer, AWS

17.00

Concluding remarks

17.20

Conference ends and networking drinks