Financial institutions and impact investors are increasingly being expected to contribute towards the green transition. Beyond focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, the market has shifted towards investing capital in solutions which prioritise sustainable and inclusive growth, together with increased emphasis on transparency, long-termism, and the growing potential of new technologies.
With COP26 fast approaching, sector leaders are calling for the disclosures of climate risk to become comprehensive and integrated, and investing for a net-zero world to become mainstream. What does this mean in terms of practical leadership from investors, asset owners and managers in their operations and the ways they engage investees, suppliers and the public? What financial instruments and corporate projects have proven to attract investors and demonstrate returns? What are the barriers that are preventing capital from funding the green transition of particular sectors? What else is required to unlock the scale of capital reallocation that is necessary for the transition to a zero-carbon economy?
Elizabeth’s career has been in financial services. She was CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe and then globally, from 2005 to 2016. Elizabeth was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Coopers & Lybrand, where she was a consulting partner and at Sun Alliance. She is a non-executive director of Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc and Morgan Stanley Inc. She is chair of the Impact Investing Institute; a director of the Green Finance Institute; serves on the investment committee of the Leverhulme Trust; is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Council, AQR Asset Management Institute, the Committee of 200 and the 300 Club. She was awarded a CBE in January 2015 and a DBE in June 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.
As Chief Risk Officer George provides oversight of WHEB's investment process and chairs the Investment and Risk Committee. Prior to joining WHEB, George led the award-winning SRI team at Henderson Global Investors. During his fifteen years managing UK and pan-European equity and managed funds, George was awarded ‘A’ and ‘AA’ Citywire ratings, nominated for Investment Week’s Fund Manager of the year and named in Citywire’s top 100 managers in the UK. He was also responsible for designing and launching Threadneedle Asset Management’s sustainable and responsible investment strategy during the late 1990s. George has a degree in Geography from Oxford University, and served as a British Army Infantry Officer, and holds UKSIP qualifications.
Ms. Nadine Viel Lamare is Senior Advisor on Climate and Finance at the Climate Policy unit of the Swedish Enviromental Agency. She is also co-Founder of Good4Business NVL AB, advising clients on sustainable business, responsible investments and active ownership. Ms. Viel Lamare has been at the forefront of developments in sustainability, responsible investments and active ownership for over 17 years. Until November 2018 she was Head of Sustainable Value Creation at Första AP-fonden (AP1), one of the buffer funds in the Swedish pension system) and co-founder and member of the Council of Ethics of the AP funds. She has also until recently been Director of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) the asset-owner led initiative which assesses companies' preparedness for the transition to a low carbon economy.
Philippe Zaouati is Managing Director of Mirova, an asset management company specializing in sustainable investment, which he created within Natixis in 2014, recognized as one of the pioneers of green and sustainable finance. After a career in various financial institutions, including Caisse des Dépôts and Crédit Agricole, notably as an expert in quantitative management, he has devoted himself for ten years to the development of responsible investment. Author of several books including "Green finance begins in Paris" in 2018 and "Sustainable finance: ringing in a second chance" in 2020, he has contributed to market and regulatory developments in France and Europe.
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