29th - 30th March
Leading impact investing conference for institutional investors.
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Assistant Secretary - General and Deputy Executive Director,
Before that, Ms. Bhatia served since 2014 as the Director for Development Partner Relations at the World Bank Group. Previously, she held the position of Director of Partnerships and Advisory Services Operations(2011–2014) and Global Head of Knowledge at the International Finance Corporation (2010-2011).
Ms. Bhatia also served as Head of IFC’s Latin America Advisory Operations. In addition to Latin America, she has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South and East Asia. Ms. Anita Bhatia brings extensive experience in the area of strategic partnerships, resource mobilization and management. During her time at the IFC, she developed and expanded innovative partnerships with public and private sector partners to support its strategy in key areas, including fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality, financial inclusion, support to women-owned businesses and other priorities critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ms. Bhatia holds a BA in History from Calcutta University, an MA in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University.
Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, founder of Ethical Markets Media, Certified B Corporation. She is a world-renowned futurist, active environmentalist, syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006); Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age (2014), and other books in 800 libraries, in 20 languages, including “Planetary Citizenship “co-authored by Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda. Ethical Markets is the publisher of Henderson’s forthcoming textbook, “Mapping the Global Green Transition: 2009-2020“.
She is the producer of the global TV series “Transforming Finance“ and the Ethical Markets TV series. She created in 2004 the EthicMark® Awards for Communications Uplifting the Human Spirit & Society, showcasing positive messages to raise the ethical bar on global advertising and in 2009 the annual Green Transition Scoreboard®.
She launched the EthicMarkGEMS®.com, the first global standard certifying only gems NOT mined from Mother Earth, to phase out unnecessary global gem mining, now chemically- identical gems are cheaply available worldwide and also co-created Ethical Biomimicry Finance®. Henderson served as a cabinet-level science policy advisor to the US Office of Technology Assessment, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Engineering.
Her over 400 articles appear in Harvard Business Review, New York Times, LeMonde Diplomatique, and journals in Japan, Britain, Venezuela, China, France, Australia. Honorary Member of the Club of Rome, Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society for Arts and of The World Academy of Art & Science, Henderson shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Argentinian Nobelist Pérez Esquivel. She has many honorary degrees.
Director of SDG Impact,
United Nations Development Programme
Fabienne Michaux is the Director of SDG Impact, a UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub flagship initiative, joining in 2019. Fabienne is the lead developer of the SDG Impact Standards, the first and only independent management standards in the market that places sustainability at the core of operations. She is a Working Group Member of the G7 Impact Taskforce, the co-chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and recently co-chaired the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative’s working group on making better decisions.
She previously enjoyed a 30-year executive career, including 22 years with S&P Global Ratings where in her final role she was the Australian Country Head and Head of Developed Markets Asia-Pacific. She is also an experienced non-executive director who holds, and has held, numerous board positions in the housing, education, financial and arts sectors. She is also a part-time Professor of Practice for Finance at Deakin Business School.
Ambassador, The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and Chair, Director, Leader and Strategist,
Executive Director, Impact Strategist – trusted adviser and strategist to senior leaders in business, governments, foundations and strategists globally.
Chair, Impact Investing Australia and the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing. Represents Australia on the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (previously the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce), Member of the OECD Expert Group on Impact Investment, Bridges Impact + Global Advisory Council and the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group.
Former Managing Director Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn,
PFZW (pension fund for health and welfare).
Seasoned all-around executive who is widely recognised as an authority on pensions. He has spent most of his career in the world of social partners where he is seen as influential. Over the years he has gained extensive knowledge of all aspects of running a pension fund. In his last role Peter was responsible for running PFZW, the second-largest pension fund in the Netherlands (2.9 million members and EUR 240 billion AUM) whose pension fund administration and asset management are outsourced to PGGM.
Experience in the 'polder', the world of social partners. Was busy at both sides of the table: in an employer’s organisation and the union. And of course, in paritarian organisations. These days Borgdorff is a non-executive board member of ANBO (organisation for elderly), Nibud (national institute for research and advice in household finance), Bartiméus (expertise centre, care and cure of people with a visual deficit) He is chairman of the Advisory Board of Caceis NL. Peter has a role as lecturer, moderator, and program maker at Nyenrode Business Universiteit.
Specialties: Social partners; pensions; governance, board matters
Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Real Estate,
Aleksandra (Sasha) Njagulj is the Managing Director, Global Head of ESG (environmental, social, and governance), Real Estate at DWS group. She is responsible for ESG integration across global real estate portfolios. Sasha is an accomplished ESG expert with over 20 years of practical experience in architectural design, design management, and the sustainable built environment. In her previous role with CBRE Global Investors, she was Global Head of ESG with overall responsibility for developing and communicating global sustainability priorities and strategies across all business lines. Before this, Sasha was head of the Sustainability, R&D, and Innovation department at Bouygues U.K.
Throughout her career, Sasha has built a reputation both professionally and personally for championing the cause of responsible real estate investment. She received the UK-based edie 2020 Sustainability Leaders Award for Investor of the Year for an ESG programme she designed and delivered for CBRE. In addition, Sasha was awarded the global 2020 GRESB/BREEAM Individual Leadership Award, recognising strong leadership and commitment in the field of sustainable development. In 2021, she won the global Future Proof Real Estate Woman award as a leader in applying digitalisation, technology, open innovation and sustainability to create a better built environment.
A qualified architect, Sasha holds a Master's degree in Architectural Design from the University of Belgrade; a Master's degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge. She is a BRE Academy fellow and sits on the INREV ESG Committee and the ULI Sustainability Council.
Executive Gender Equality, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead Advisor,
Global Compact Network Netherlands
Amelia Lopez Huix (Spain, 1974) is a recognized high-level executive leader on theSDG5 for gender equality globally. Under her gender economic governance expertise andin the role as General Partner of MCI Partners, Amelia has delivered together with 160senior partner-level consultants worldwide, an experienced, global-minded, localoriented,and effective support to public and private sector organizations to address arange of challenges at the intersection of gender equality, organizational performance,corporate governance, and sustainability.
As Senior Gender Equality Advisor and Lead of the UN Global Compact Target GenderEquality Programme for the Global Compact Network Netherlands, Amelia is conductinggender equality strategies at all business levels for companies participating in the 2021Edition of the UN accelerator programme in The Netherlands.
Research Director, Strategic Insights ,
Dr. Andreas Rickert
Nixdorf Kapital AG
Social Finance NL
Global Head of Responsible Investments,
Aegon Asset Management
Global Head of Emerging Markets,
Managing Director, NatureVest,
The Nature Conservancy
Corianne Van Veen
Steering Committee member,
Executive Director, Head Food System Transition
Managing Director Impact Funds Portfolios,
Anthos Fund & Asset Management
Global Head of Sustainability and ESG,
Elsa Palanza is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Sustainability & ESG for Barclays. In this role, Elsa leads the strategic direction and execution of the bank’s policies and practices across a broad range of sustainability and ESG matters, including climate change, environmental stewardship, human rights and social impact. She manages ESG assessment and approach for the firm, strengthening client and investor engagement, and ensuring diverse stakeholder perspectives are integrated into decision-making. In addition, Elsa oversees the development of appropriate and ambitious standards and metrics to advance green and sustainable finance and steward early innovation in sustainable product and service development.
Elsa assumed this role with over 20 years of experience as a strategic advisor for corporations, foundations and non-profits. Most recently, she was enlisted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create and launch a platform to advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For many years, Elsa served as Director of Commitments for the Clinton Global Initiative, a role that afforded her comprehensive insight into best practices in sustainability, cross-sector partnership development, and corporate responsibility. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C., delivering geopolitical and industry risk analysis to large international energy companies, and in Istanbul, Turkey, leading strategy and business operations for an education company.
Elsa attended Middlebury College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Geoffrey Eisenberg is a Partner at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund and has been a member of the EIF investment team since its inception. Geoff leads the firm’s work on electrification of transportation, renewable energy, grid modernization, and green chemistry. He also leads fundraising and investor relations for the firm. In addition, Geoff works directly with EIF’s portfolio companies on strategy, capital raising, and business development. He serves as a board member at ZeroAvia, Complete Solar and Sunverge, and is a board observer for EV Connect, T-Rex, Flying Embers, and Clean Fund.
In addition to his role at EIF, Geoff sits on the Leadership Council for Vote Solar, and serves as a Board Director of the Forsythia Foundation, a non-profit focused on safer green chemistry replacements for toxic chemicals. Geoff is also on the advisory board of EnVest, and serves as a mentor for Elemental Exelerator.
Prior to joining EIF, Geoff worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates. In 2007, while at Cambridge, he initiated the firm’s work on cleantech investing for institutional clients.
Senior Director Industries & Services, Private Equity & Venture Capital,
Before joining DEG he worked in the tax structuring business for M&A transactions in an international Law Firm. Mr. Stork has a Business Degree from the University of Cologne, Germany and a Masters in International Management from CEMS - the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies - at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
DEG, member of KfW banking group, finances investments of private companies in developing and transition countries. As one of Europe’s largest bilateral development finance institutions, it promotes private businesses to contribute to sustainable economic growth and improved living conditions.
Senior Investment Manager,
European Investment Bank
Gunter Fischer is Senior Investment Officer with the European Investment Bank focusing on Climate Action investments, EMCAF (the Emerging Market Climate Action Fund) and GEEREF (the Global Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund). In this context he is responsible for the sourcing, origination, assessment, negotiation and monitoring of climate mitigation and adaptation investments in emerging markets and developing countries.
He has more than 20 years of fund experience in climate, infra, VC and PE funds incl. from managing the European Investment Fund’s first external mandate Fund of Funds. In this context, he gained in-depth knowledge of the structuring, fundraising and investment of fund vehicles.
Before EIF, Dr. Fischer was with the corporate finance practice of Arthur D. Little in Berlin. There he provided corporate finance advisory to several industries. Dr. Fischer holds degrees in business administration and law from Reims Management School and the University of St. Gallen and a PhD in finance from the European University in Frankfurt, Germany.
Managing Director, Member of the Management Board,
Triodos Investment Management
Lead Portfolio Manager,
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Green Bond Analyst,
NN Investment Partners
Jake van Koevering
Lead Investment Principal, Private Equity Climate Investing,
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Impact Investing Institute
Senior Policy Analyst,
Jelena Stamenkova van Rumpt
Director Responsible Investment,
Anthos Fund & Asset Management
Jelena Stamenkova van Rumpt is Director of Responsible Investment at Anthos Fund & Asset Management in Amsterdam. In addition, Jelena is member of the Advisory board of Net Impact in Amsterdam.
At Anthos, Jelena leads the RI strategy and is responsible for further development of the fully integrated approach to RI and Impact. She is also a sparring partner for clients that aim to develop and implement their own RI approach. Before Anthos, Jelena worked at the second-largest Dutch pension fund and was responsible for the Human Rights and labor issues engagement program, and led the transition of responsible investment ownership from the RI team to the front office.
Jelena finished a Master in International Business Law and Globalization summa cum laude at Utrecht University and originates from North Macedonia, where she holds a law degree. She speaks English, Macedonian and Serbian and has a working understanding of Dutch.
Johan van der Lugt
Lead Sustainability Expert,
Van Lanschot Kempen
Senior Responsible Investment & Governance Specialist,
APG Asset Management
Sustainable and Impact Investing Specialist,
Director of Investor Relationships and Senior Market Co-Leader for APAC,
Value Reporting Foundation
Karlijn Van Lierop
Director Responsible Investments, BMO Global Asset Management
Karlijn Van Lierop joined the business in January as the Dutch Responsible Investment Product Specialist, to drive BMO GAM’s Responsible Engagement Overlay (reo®) business in Holland. In her new position, Karlijn will work closely with the Dutch client management team to build and extend reo® clients, while working closely with the team in London to develop innovative new solutions for clients in The Netherlands. Before joining BMO GAM Karlijn spent nearly a decade at MN Asset Management (3rd largest institutional asset manager in The Netherlands) where she was a Director of Responsible Investment, heading the ESG team and responsible for building and developing a range of ESG and climate strategies, including MN’s Climate Engagement Program, Biodiversity Program, and Impact Investing programme focusing on energy transition. Karlijn was an IIGCC IIGCC board member and one of the founders and management committee members of Platform Living Wage Financials.
Karlijn started her career as a Consultant at the CSR consultancy firm Good Company. Then joined the Center for Sustainability at Nyenrode University where she worked as a lecturer and researcher. Before moving to the financial industry, Karlijn was the Sustainability manager at Trade organisation MVO where she founded and chaired the Dutch Taskforce on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Karlijn holds a MSc in Public Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Kiemthin Tjong Tjin Joe
Senior Investment Manager,
Stichting Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds
Head of Responsible Investments,
KLP Asset Management, Lawyer, Board Member Norwegian Refugee Council and International Commission of Jurists Norway
Kiran Aziz is Head of Responsible Investments at Norway’s largest pension fund. KLP has embedded ESG in the investment strategy for more than 20 years and is seen as a leading actor on responsible investments. In her role, she monitors and assesses how the investee companies maintain responsible business practices along with a dialogue with the boards and management on ESG matters in the companies on a global level.
Before joining KLP Asset Management, Ms. Aziz was a lawyer, lecturer, and researcher. She also has extensive board experience. She is currently on board for the Norwegian Refugee Council which is one of the world`s largest humanitarian organizations for displaced people. Ms. Aziz holds a law degree from the University of Oslo and Cornell Law School.
Swiss Impact Office
Louise Aagaard Jensen
Senior ESG Manager,
Louise is working with ESG integration and analysis across PKA’s investments. PKA is one of Denmark’s largest pension funds and has USD 55 bn under management has more than 10% of its investments in environmental impact investments and has a mission of reaching USD 8 bn by the end of 2025. PKA has a new mission of investing USD 1,6 bn in social impact investments by 2025 and is committed to be CO2-neutral by 2050.
Louise has previously worked with market development in South America and Africa at the Danish Embassy in Brazil and a global waste management company. Louise holds a Master of Science in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School.
Executive Director for Investment Management,
Founder & Managing Partner,
MG Impact AG
Prior to joining Hermes, he was an investment manager in Global Equities at Pictet Asset Management. Mohsin is experienced in thematic equities having spent time working with the thematic equity funds in Geneva, including Water, Clean Energy and Agriculture. During his time at Pictet, Mohsin was also a generalist on the World Equities Fund and covered energy, materials and specialty chemicals sectors for the Global Major Players Fund. Mohsin started his career at Savills Commercial in London within Investment and European Valuations.
Mohsin graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts in Land Economy (Law, Economics & Environment). Mohsin is a CFA charterholder, holds the CFA Certificate in Climate & Investing and is a member of the GIIN Listed Equities Working Group.
Executive Director Impact & Sustainable Investment,
Kempen Capital Management
Phenix Capital Group
Impact Measurement & Management Practice Leader,
Peter van den Tol
Senior Advisor Impact Investing & ESG Integration in Real Assets,
Senior Social Impact Director,
Big Society Capital
Philipp focuses on social impact measurement and management across Big Society Capital’s investment process and portfolio. He is passionate about using impact strategy and evidence to drive social investment decisions and tackle pressing social challenges.
Before Big Society Capital, Philipp worked at the multinational energy company, BG Group, where he led the Group’s social performance & human rights work for new country entry and early exploration projects, with a focus on South East Asia and Latin America. Philipp also lived several years in South East Asia, working with large development organisations (UN, Oxfam) and innovative start-ups on identifying and implementing opportunities for private sector-led economic growth and poverty reduction.
Philipp holds an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Group Climate Director,
Head of Responsible Investments,
Head of Global Responsible Investment Policy,
Columbia Threadneedle Investments EMEA & APAC
Iain Richards joined the company in 2012 and is Head of Responsible Investment, EMEA.
Before joining the company Iain was Regional Head of Corporate Governance at Aviva Investors. His career in the City has also included roles at Schroder Investment Management, the Policy Group of the UK’s Listing Authority and the London Stock Exchange. Iain has also worked at the UK's Department of Trade and Industry (now BIS) in various roles in the European and competition policy units.
He has written papers on a range of issues including Auditing, Sovereign Wealth Funds and, in 2006, on the impending risk of a systemic banking crisis. He was responsible for leading the UK investment industry's successful lobbying to re-establish the overarching 'True & Fair View' principle of accounting in revised UK Company Law. He has also appeared as an expert witness before the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs to give evidence on Audit Market concentration and the role of auditors.
Chief Investment Officer,
Vivriti Asset Management
Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager,
BlueBay Asset Management
Head of ESG Development & Advocacy, Special Operations,
Amundi Asset Management
Ulrik is co-head of the Environmental Strategies Group within Fundamental Active Equities and ESG Champion at BNP Paribas Asset Management.
In his capacity as Senior Portfolio Manager, Ulrik is the co-lead portfolio manager for the Energy Transition Fund, Environmental Absolute Return Thematic Fund (EARTH) and the Ecosystems Restoration fund. He joined BNPP AM in 2019.
Ulrik began his career at Goldman Sachs, London, in 2001 investing thematically across energy, materials, agriculture and material companies globally within the Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies Group (2005 – 2007) and co-ran the Goldman Sachs Thematic Investment Group (2007-2012). Since 2012, Ulrik was the CIO and co-founder of North Shore Partners that became part of Duet Asset Management in 2015 and later co-founded Sustainable Solutions (2017-2019) with a focus on developing environmental solutions strategies across long only as well as log short strategies.
Ulrik has over 22 years of investment management experience across thematic investments, capital structure and private markets. He holds an MSc in Economics and Political Science from University of Copenhagen and is based in London.
Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing,
Senior Advisor Europe,
The Global Impact Investing Network
FMO Investment Management B.V.
Yvonne Bakkum is Managing Director of FMO Investment Management BV, a subsidiary of Dutch development bank FMO. FMO’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build a better world. In support of this mission, FMO IM aims to scale up impact investing by providing investors access to FMO’s deal flow in sustainable emerging market investments. Total assets under advisory in 4 different private debt funds are ~ USD 900 mln.
FMO’s track record shows that impact and solid sustainability practices go hand in hand with strong financial results.
Yvonne joined FMO in 2001 and held various positions including Director Private Equity, Manager Credit Analysis and Deputy Chair of FMO’s IC, and Manager Business Development Latin America. Yvonne started her career with ABN AMRO Bank in 1992. She holds a masters’ degree in business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In 2022 Yvonne became Chair of the Netherlands Advisory Board on impact investing. She is an expert member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Menzis, a medium-sized health insurance company, and a member of the Asset Owner Advisory Committee of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. She is the non-executive director of EDFI Management Company in Brussels and a supervisory board member of Climate Fund Managers.
Sustainable Investment Strategy Advisor
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