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Finance, Emerging Markets, Investment and Asset Management

Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets

Putting smart capital to work to maximise impact and returns

London |
Speakers include:
Geoffrey  Burgess

Geoffrey Burgess

Debevoise & Plimpton

Shami  Nissan

Shami Nissan


Jane Nelson

Jane Nelson

Harvard Kennedy School


The Summit will look to the future, examining how evolving investor sentiment will shape investment decisions, driven in part by the rise of the millennial generation and influenced by international agreements such as the Paris Climate Accord and UN SDGs.

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"Great exposure to an international network of specialists in the ESG field."

      - Emanuela Ambrosim, Ethos Private Equity

"Delighted that such well respected and intellectually rigorous organizations as EMPEA and FT have taken leadership in bringing together experts for a candid discussion of the challenges of achieving sustainability."

      - Patricia Dinneen, EMPEA

"THE best networking events for sustainability in emerging markets."

      - Imoni Akpofure, Kina Advisory Ltd

"Different perspectives but one global view at the Sustainable investing conference."

      - Luz Maria Pineda, Fondo de Fondos (CMIC) Mexico

"FT Live sets the standard for insight and discussion."

      - Donald Macdonald, IIGCC


Full overview

The United Nations estimates that reaching the SDGs in emerging markets will cost approximately $3.9 trillion per year and assumptions based on current investment levels and private sector participation leave a financing gap of $2.5 trillion annually. Long-term private capital investors are thoughtfully considering the benefits and consequences of their investments in emerging markets and creating value and scalable impact through sustainable business practices. Impact investing has emerged as key to closing the SDG financing gap and the most promising approach to providing financial returns above investor hurdle rates while simultaneously achieving social outcomes. Fund managers and institutional investors alike are measuring, evaluating, and defining their impact across varied axes. As sustainable investment continues to be high on the agenda with data beginning to link impactful outcomes to significant commercial returns, this event brings together key industry stakeholders to address the key concerns and share experiences. 

Our industry-leading speakers and panellists will draw on personal experience, citing challenges and solutions, along with case studies of recent investments. The agenda also offers the opportunity for attendees to join round table discussions, led by current investors, focussing on impact investment sectors, including healthcare, agriculture, education and energy. Attendees will include investors across the spectrum of private capital, including family offices, foundations, endowments, development finance institutions, sovereign wealth funds, and fund managers to better understand the financial/social implications of sustainable and impact investing.

The EMPEA Institute will also once again present the popular Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge. The top three fund manager finalists from the EMPEA Institute’s inaugural Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge will present case studies of portfolio company investments that demonstrate outstanding sustainable impact from an operational, environmental, social and governance perspective. Members of the audience will vote on the winner of the challenge, who will be announced live at the Summit.


Speakers (11)

Geoffrey  Burgess

Geoffrey Burgess

Debevoise & Plimpton

Geoffrey Burgess is a corporate partner in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Mr Burgess has a broad international practice that ranges from private equity and cross-border mergers & acquisitions to joint ventures and intricate financing transactions.

Mr Burgess is ranked for Indian and Russian transactional work by Chambers Global (2012-2015) where he is noted as “a great lawyer,” “very astute and constantly a step ahead of events.” He is recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015). The guide has described him as being “very good’ on India-related matters.”

Mr Burgess joined Debevoise 1997 and has been resident in the London office since 1999. He is a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Africa Venture Capital Association and recently served on a UN/WTO committee for the preparation of a model joint venture agreement. Mr Burgess has been a member of the board of advisors of the Survey of East European Law, Columbia University School of Law since 1993.

Shami  Nissan

Shami Nissan

Head, Responsible Investment

With over 15 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity, banking and development finance sectors, Shami was drawn to Actis by its leadership in responsible investing, the firm’s diverse culture and the opportunity to focus on growth markets. “Investing in the world’s most dynamic markets where environmental, social and governance challenges are typically the most acute, offers great opportunities to increase the value of our investments, whilst delivering positive impacts at the same time.”

Shami leads Actis’ approach to responsible investment, working closely with investment colleagues and company management to assess and manage ESG issues, helping to build world-class businesses and to deliver societal benefits.

Before joining Actis in 2014 she was as a senior consultant at PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team for ten years. Prior to this, Shami led the London business of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, providing sustainability research and analytics to institutional investors and asset managers. Shami has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Central America.

Shami is a member of the UN PRI Supply Chain Risks Working Group, and a Steering Committee member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Sustainability Working Group. Shami represents Actis at the Business Integrity Forum run by Transparency International UK.

Shami holds an MSc Environmental Technology, with Distinction, from Imperial College London and a BSc Biological Sciences from University of Durham.

Jane Nelson

Jane Nelson

Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative
Harvard Kennedy School
Arif Naqvi

Arif Naqvi

Founder and Group Chief Executive
The Abraaj Group

Arif Naqvi established The Abraaj Group in 2002 and has served as its Group Chief Executive since inception, building it into one of the leading private equity firms in the world. Abraaj is widely recognized as a pioneer of global growth markets private equity with over 20 country offices including 5 regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Nairobi and Singapore. Mr. Naqvi has over three decades of experience of investing in public and private companies and has led the Group’s investment strategy, resulting in some of the most notable private equity transactions across global growth markets over the last decade. Mr. Naqvi is a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation and is on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a Columbia Global Leadership Council member and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London. Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual private sector leaders for fostering peace and stability through business, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, Private Equity International named him as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry.

In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Silva  Deželan

Silva Deželan

Director Sustainability
Robeco Private Equity

As a Sustainability Director at Robeco Private Equity Mrs. Deželan is responsible for ESG integration and the implementation of ESG engagement across different private equity programs. Before joining Robeco Private Equity, she was a Senior Program Manager at Rabobank Sustainability where she was in charge of the group-wide Responsible Investing Program. Prior to that she worked as a fund analyst at Rabobank Private Banking and as a sustainability analyst at the Institute for Investment Services Research (IRIS). Until 2007, she was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Bonny  Landers

Bonny Landers

Head of SRI Investments and Family Governance
Sandaire Investment Office
Dominique  Senequier

Dominique Senequier


Dominique Senequier joined the AXA group in 1996 when she founded AXA Private Equity, which became Ardian in 2013. Today, the company manages and advises US$60 billion of assets, with a team of more than 450 employees based in 12 offices across the world. Dominique began her career as an insurance commissioner at the French Ministry of Economy before joining GAN Group, where she was in charge of private equity investments. Dominique later became “Directeur Général de GAN Participations”. She was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French state in 2012 and is also vice-president of the supervisory board of Hermès.

Preeti  Sinha

Preeti Sinha

Global Convener, YES Global Institute and Senior President

Ms. Preeti Sinha is the Senior President & Glocal Convenor of YES Global Institute; a practicing think tank at YES Bank. YES Global Institute is one of the leading private sector global think- tank based in Delhi, with a mission to catalyze private capital into development and growth of India. 

She is on Board of SIX (Social Innovation Exchange), UK which inspires, connects and supports social innovators. She is also on the Board of Trustees of International Network of Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), an inter-governmental organization promoting bamboo sector and sustainable livelihoods.

Annie Bersagel

Annie Bersagel

Advisor - Responsible Investments
KLP Kapitalforvaltning

Annie Bersagel is an advisor in responsible investments at KLP Kapitalforvaltning AS. Ms Bersagel engages in dialogue with and, in the most serious cases, recommends divestment from, portfolio companies based on their compliance with UN Global Compact norms. Prior to coming to KLP, she worked at the International Law and Policy Institute and at McKinsey and Company, both in Oslo. Ms Bersagel holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, M.Phil. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Oslo and B.A. in economics from Wake Forest University.  She is a member of the California Bar Association

Anders  Stromblad

Anders Stromblad

Head of External Management

Anders Strömblad is since 2001 in charge of alternative investments at the Second Swedish National Pension Fund – AP2 (Total assets approx. 40 billion USD). The alternative investment portfolio includes investments in private equity, real estate, timber- and farmland, credit strategies and China A-share investments. The alternative portfolios NAV is today approximately 25% of the total AP2 portfolio and is expected to growth further.

In alternative investments Anders, has designed the investments strategies and business plans and are responsible for portfolio implementation as well.
Since 2007 Anders is also responsible for all public assets that are managed externally. These assets are mainly global equities, global credits, emerging markets equities and debt and global tactical mandates. Before he become head of alternative investments in AP2 he had more than 10 years of senior management positions (in the management team) in the manufacturing/food industry. Anders started his career as an auditor of corporations at the Swedish Tax Office.Due to expertise and experience Anders is an advisory board member for several fund investments. As responsible for the alternative portfolio he is also a board member in a couple of portfolio companies. Anders was the first non-US / Canada board member of the ILPA board. He is still very active in ILPA as a board member and a member in their Public Affairs Committee.

Mathew Burrows

Mathew Burrows

Atlantic Councils Strategy, Foresight and Risks Initiative

Mathew Burrows serves as director of the Atlantic Council's Strategy, Foresight and Risks Initiative. The Atlantic Council is major foreign policy think tank in Washington D.C. Burrows’ SFR team works with a broad range of partners, including the U.S. Government, other governments, businesses, NGOs and foundations on analysing risks, trends and possible scenarios and their broad implications. Burrows authored the book: The Future Declassified: Megatrends that Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014).

In August 2013 he retired from a 28-year career in the CIA and State Department, the last ten being spent at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), the premier analytic unit in the US Intelligence Community. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001) and deputy national security advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill (2001-02). He received a BA in American and European history in 1976 from Wesleyan University and a PhD in European history from the University of Cambridge in 1983.


Chairs and Moderators (5)

Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Financial Times

Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Simoney  Kyriakou

Simoney Kyriakou

Content Plus Editor

Simoney Kyriakou is an award-winning financial journalist and published author, who has been writing about the financial services industry for nearly two decades. One of her first awards was for Socially Responsible Investment Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Friends Provident. She has been content plus editor at FTAdviser since January 2016; before this she was news editor on sister titles Financial Adviser and Investment Adviser. Her passion is to encourage more people to become financially literate, taking control of their own money management, budgeting, saving and spending wisely.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Head of Curated Content
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He currently runs the curated content team, which picks the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Natasha  Buckley

Natasha Buckley

Manager, Investment Practices - Private Equity & Property

Natasha Buckley joined the PRI in August 2011. Ms Buckley is responsible for the PRI’s work in private equity, through which the PRI acts as a global platform to understand and share good practice, develop reporting practices and establish LP-GP alignment on expectations around responsible investment. Before joining the responsible investment industry, she held roles at UBS, the NHS and Simmons & Simmons (Paris). She has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a BA in History from University College London and has completed the Oxford Private Equity Programme at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Robert Petty

Robert Petty

Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Clearwater Capital Partners

Robert Petty is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Clearwater Capital Partners and a member of the Firm's Investment and Management Committees. Since founding the Firm in 2001, Mr Petty and Co-Founder Amit Gupta have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest credit investing firms in the region today. Over his nearly 30-year career, Mr Petty has focused on Asia-dedicated credit investments, with broad expertise in direct lending, stressed credit and distressed and special situations strategies. Mr Petty’s principal responsibilities at Clearwater encompass portfolio management, origination and overall management of the Firm. Prior to founding Clearwater, Mr Petty worked as a capital committer in Asian credit for fifteen years at Lehman Brothers and Peregrine Fixed Income, before moving to the investment side of the business working for March Lasry at Amroc Investments for three years.

Mr Petty sits on the Board of four Clearwater portfolio companies and also serves on the Boards of two non-profit organizations, The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and EngenderHealth. Mr Petty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong.


Agenda - 17th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Limited Partners Breakfast (By Invitation Only)
  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from Financial Times & EMPEA Co-Chairs

    Robert Petty, Chairman, EMPEA
    Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent for International Finance, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address: How Can Impact Investing Align With The Global Sustainable Development Agenda and Deliver Financial Returns?

    Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, The Abraaj Group

  • 9:45am
    Keynote Address: Long Range Sustainable Planning: Assessing Risk in Emerging Markets
    • What will the world be like in 2035?
    • What global risks must world leaders and policymakers understand?
    • What imminent actions must be made to ensure that the world of 2035 is a safe and prosperous one?

    Dr.Matthew J. Burrows, Director, Atlanta Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative and Author, The Future, Declassified: Mega Trend That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action

  • 10:05am
    Opening Keynote Interview: Putting Sustainability at the Heart of Your Business Model

    Hear directly from a successful corporate who has embedded ESG into the heart of their operations on a significant scale. The session will explore why one needs to invest beyond what is necessary for compliance obligations, the real experiences of what worked, what didn’t, and lessons learnt.

    Interviewee: Dominique Senequier, President, Ardian

    Interviewer: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent for International Finance, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Panel Discussion: Decoding the Elements of Sustainable Investing and Making the Case for Value Creation
    • What are the range of approaches covered under sustainable investing and how do investors articulate sustainable vs. impact investing?
    • What are the implications of the SDGs for impact investors?
    • What are the active strategies for value creation in emerging markets private equity investing?
    • How is an improvement in ESG issues translating into a higher exit premium?
    • What is key to structuring private equity investments to manage financial trade-offs within an emerging markets portfolio?
    • How can you maximize the opportunities to boost both financial and sustainable performance?

    Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
    Shami Nissan, Head, Responsible Investment, Actis
    Moderator: Simoney Kyriakou, Content Plus Editor, FTAdviser 

  • 11:15am
    Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 11:30am
    Panel Discussion: LP Panel: Insights, Perceptions and Priorities
    • What are LPs looking for from GPs in emerging markets? 
    • How do LPs view the current level of GP reporting on financial returns and ESG?
    • What are the current LP priorities when seeking sustainable and impact opportunities?
    • How do LPs see sustainable investments evolving in emerging markets?
    • Perceptions of those looking to invest and case study examples of current investments

    Annie Bersagel, Acting Head of Responsible Investments, KLP
    Bonny Landers, Head of SRI Investments and Family Governance, Sandaire Investment Office
    Silva Deželan, PhD, Director Sustainability, Robeco Private Equity
    Anna Snider, Head of Due Diligence, Global Wealth and Investment, Merrill Lynch

    Andrew Jack, Editor, Curated Content; Head of Aggregation, Financial Times 

  • 12:15pm
    Panel Discussion: Measurement and Quantification of Impact and Sustainability: The Key to Measuring Promises and Recording What You Deliver
    • What should be measured and at what stage of the investment phase?
    • What are the challenges with the main tools, techniques and roles adopted in measuring impact and sustainability?
    • How do you make measurement efficient and effective to make reporting accurate for investors?
    • How can investors assess alignment with the SDGs and how can practical, thoughtful impact measurement and management mitigate SDG-washing?
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Research Presentation: The Case for Coordinated Engagement

    Elroy Dimson will reveal the first findings from a detailed study of global engagements with investee companies in order to determine how best to achieve impact as a responsible investor. The fundamental question he and his colleagues have been researching is this: Is it better for responsible shareholders to engage with companies individually or collaboratively with other concerned investors?

    Findings are derived from exclusive access to PRI’s platform for coordinated engagements, reflecting over 1800 engagements spanning some 50 different countries and detailed information on the investors who are coordinating their efforts under the PRI umbrella.

    Presenter: Elroy Dimson, Professor of Finance and Chairman of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management, Cambridge Judge Business School and former Professor and Governor, London Business School

  • 2:30pm
    Working Roundtables

    The working roundtables are small group discussions designed to allow attendees to discuss in detail a sector and the associated challenges, strategy and opportunities. Held under Chatham House rule to encourage an open debate, delegates will be pre-assigned to a discussion group, led by a fund with a track record in the sector as discussion leader. Delegates will have the opportunity to rank their preferred discussion topics. Some roundtables will be LP-preferred. Delegates will also have the opportunity to submit their preferred discussion points as guidance for the facilitator

    Discussion leaders will present to the audience a summary report of the topic and main takeaways from each group discussion.

    Roundtable One: Opportunities and Trends in Healthcare – How to Achieve Scalable Impact
    Facilitator: Geoffrey Burgess, Corporate Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 
    Roundtable Two: Managing Emerging Risks – Gender and Diversity, Human Rights and Cybersecurity
    Roundtable Three: Rethinking Energy: Renewables and Climate Change
    Roundtable Four: Agriculture - Identifying opportunities for value creation
    Facilitator: Anders Stromblad, Head of External Management, AP2

    2:30 pm – Introduction to the format and introductions to roundtable participants

    2:35 pm – Topic Discussion

    3:15 pm – Summarise / Identify top takeaways

    3:30 pm – Roundtables conclude

  • 3:30pm
    Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 3:45pm
    DFIs on the Evolution of the Impact Investing Market
    • As impact investing is mainstreamed in pursuit of the SDGs, how can philanthropic and DFI capital crowd in other commercial private capital sources?
    • How must the impact investor base evolve for impact investing to achieve and maintain scale?
    • How much intentional alignment should there be between different types of investors or partners so as to bring together complementary skills, risk appetite and investment instruments? 
    • What concerns can arise due to a dependence on DFI anchor capital and how to best mitigate these risks?

    Moderator: Aliya Ram, Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Views from the Field: An Update from EMPEA’s ESG Member Community
  • 4:40pm
    Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge

    The top three finalists from the EMPEA Institute’s inaugural Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge will present stories of private equity deals that produced an outstanding sustainable impact from an operational, environmental, social and governance perspective.

    Facilitator: Natasha Buckley, Investment Practices Manager - Private equity & Property, PRI

  • 5:10pm
    Sustainability and Operational Excellence Audience Voting and Award Presentation

    You Decide. Audience members will vote on the most compelling case study presented and an award will be presented to the most outstanding and impactful private equity deal.

    Facilitator: Natasha Buckley, Investment Practices Manager - Private equity & Property, PRI

  • 5:20pm
    Closing Keynote Fireside Chat: Impact Investing – The Investors Experience

    A Dialogue Between:

    • Preeti Sinha, Senior President, YES Bank Ltd. and Global Convenor, YES Institute
    • Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 5:45pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Robert Petty, Chairman, EMPEA
    Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent for International Finance, Financial Times

  • 5:50pm
    EMPEA Members Reception

Organisers (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. We are an independent non-profit organization. As EMPEA celebrates our 10th anniversary in 2014, we have over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors, who together manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Our members share EMPEA’s belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. We support our members through global authoritative intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy.

Co-Sponsors (2)

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Insurance Group brings more than 35 years of industry experience to provide premier legal advice on complex transactions, high-stakes disputes and challenging regulatory engagements. The firm has a long history in Asia, regularly working with major insurers on matters that grow, reshape or refocus their business.

Institutional Partner (1)

The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that suggest actions for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment practice. The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. They have nearly 1,500 signatories, from over 50 countries, representing US$60 trillion.

The PRI works to understand the investment implications of ESG factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in integrating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole

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Who attends

This event is designed for institutional investors and fund managers who are actively investing, or exploring; how to effectively integrate sustainability, responsible investing and ESG strategies in their emerging markets investment. Relevant titles include:

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Heads of Sustainability
  • Heads of ESG
  • Heads of Responsible Investment
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Finance Officers
  • Asset / Wealth Managers
  • Investment / Fund Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • SRI Investors
  • High Net Worth / Client Advisors
  • Senior Consultants

Tickets priced at £1550 per delegate, are available to representatives from Consultancies and other Professional Services Firms. 
Please note that we offer discounted rates for those wishing to attend both Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets and Private Equity in Africa the following day.
For more information or to register at this discounted rate, please email or register now.


Why should I attend?

  • Hear our opening keynote, a CEO of a successful corporate who has embedded ESG into the heart of their operations on a significant scale
  • Leading LPs will discuss their sustainable priorities during our LP panel 
  • The interactive round table sessions will provide sector focus on Healthcare, Human Rights, Water Services and Agriculture 
  • The top three finalists from the EMPEA Institute’s inaugural Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge, will present stories of private equity deals that produced an outstanding sustainable impact from an operational, environmental, social and governance perspective
  • Network with your peers in our exclusive LP Breakfast and EMPEA members drinks reception


Please note that we offer discounted rates for those wishing to attend both Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets and Private Equity in Africa the following day.

Tickets are available to representatives from Consultancies and other Professional Services Firms operating in the following areas:

  • Private Equity Funds
  • Asset Management Firms
  • Fund of Funds
  • Multi-family Offices
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Investment Consultants

For more information or to register at this discounted rate, please email or register now.


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Complimentary places for LPs

A limited number of complimentary places are available to senior investment professionals from institutional investor firms that are LPs in private equity funds, who are not engaged in advisory services or fundraising operations. This includes senior investment professionals operating in the following areas: 

  • Public and Private Pension Funds
  • Insurance Companies
  • Endowments
  • Single Family Offices
  • Foundations
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds

If this fits your company / business profile, please register now for your complimentary place.


2016 photos

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