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Investment and Asset Management

FT Investing for Good Asia

New Opportunities for Regional Transformation

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Helene Li

Helene Li

GoImpact Capital Partners

Michael Barrow

Michael Barrow

Asian Development Bank

Mari Kogiso

Mari Kogiso

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Overview

While Asia's rapid economic development has impressed the world, the region still faces significant social and environmental problems, from lack of basic infrastructure, education and healthcare to poor access to finance for social entrepreneurs. This means Asia’s sustainable and impact investors can direct funds into solutions that can generate positive change. But while appetite for impact investing is growing in Asia – whether from millennials passionate about making a difference or philanthropists looking for alternative means of meeting their goals – the question is how to tap this demand. What will it take to advance this agenda and increase the proportion of global impact investing spending that comes from Asia?

This major event – the latest edition of the FT Investing for Good series, now held in London, New York and Hong Kong – will explore the state of the impact investment market in Asia, the new opportunities opening up for investors, and the potential for innovative and sustainable finance to bring about transformative solutions to some of the region's key challenges.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 04/10/2019 08:15:0004/10/2019 18:00:00trueFT Investing for Good AsiaWhile Asia's rapid economic development has impressed the world, the region still faces significant social and environmental problems, from lack of basic infrastructure, education and healthcare to poor access to finance for social entrepreneurs. This means Asia’s sustainable and impact investors can direct funds into solutions that can generate positive change. But while appetite for impact investing is growing in Asia – whether from millennials passionate about making a difference or philanthropists looking for alternative means of meeting their goals – the question is how to tap this demand. What will it take to advance this agenda and increase the proportion of global impact investing spending that comes from Asia?This major event – the latest edition of the FT Investing for Good series, now held in London, New York and Hong Kong – will explore the state of the impact investment market in Asia, the new opportunities opening up for investors, and the potential for innovative and sustainable finance to bring about transformative solutions to some of the region's key challenges.FT-Investing-for-Good-Asia152ecbd2a618ccb76b9724fab5242f89MM/DD/YYYY

See photos from 2018 event here

See photos from 2018 event here

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Speakers (7)

Helene Li

Helene Li

CEO and Co-Founder
GoImpact Capital Partners
Michael Barrow

Michael Barrow

Director General, Private Sector Operations
Asian Development Bank

Michael Barrow is Director General for the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Private Sector Operations Department, which handles all of the Bank’s private infrastructure and financial institutions investments, lending and guarantees. Prior to joining ADB in 2003, Mr Barrow worked for the Deutsche Bank group over the course of 15 years in London, Tokyo and Singapore, lastly as Director of both Project Finance and Transportation, with a project finance and PPP focus. He was also previously Senior Vice President in the Structured Finance Department of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp in Singapore, handling project financing. Mr Barrow has an MA in Oriental Studies from Oxford University, UK.

Mari Kogiso

Mari Kogiso

Director, Gender Innovation and Investment Division
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Mari Kogiso is Director of the Gender Innovation and Investment Division of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. She led the establishment of the Asia Women Impact Fund in 2017, a US$100m impact fund with the objective of catalysing capital to foster opportunities to improve the lives of women and remove gender barriers in Asia. She also leads the foundation’s initiative to increase the number of women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) industries and conducted several surveys to assess the root causes of gender barriers. Before joining The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Mari held various senior positions at the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Tokyo, including as the representative of the
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) in Tokyo. She also served as representative of Dalberg Japan, the global management consulting firm focused on creating social impact. Mari holds a BA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She also serves as an expert advisor on the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Overseas Investment Review Committee.

Jason Bajaj

Jason Bajaj

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Osiris Group
Josephine Price

Josephine Price

Managing Director and Co-Founder
Anthem Asia
Christina Tang

Christina Tang

Founder
Blue Sky Energy
Sally Tong

Sally Tong

Managing Director
Dreams Matter Ventures
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Moderators (2)

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.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times

Sarah Murray is a Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development and a Non-fiction author and editor. A former Financial Times journalist and long-time Financial Times contributor, she also writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as for universities and foundations. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. She has edited two books on philanthropy and is author of two non-fiction books, Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead, and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat.

Agenda - 10th Apr

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:05am
    Introduction
  • 9:10am
    Opening Address
  • 9:30am
    Panel Discussion: Mobilising Private Capital for Impact

    Changing the way capital markets think about risk in a systemic way could unleash substantial funding flows from pension funds and other institutional investors. While large institutions, such as Japan’s GPIF, are leading the way, what more could be done to engage institutional investors in shifting funds towards long-term investment strategies that could help address big global social and environmental challenges?

  • 10:10am
    Panel Discussion: Regional Focus

    Impact investment leaders from around the region – from China and Vietnam to Indonesia and India – will talk about the evolution of impact investment in their markets. What lessons and best practices can be learned from the different experiences of those working in these markets?

  • 10:50am
    Networking Break
  • 11:10am
    Keynote Interview
  • 11:40am
    Breakout Workshops: The Future of Impact Measurement

    Session A: Tools and Frameworks
    Measuring the social and environmental impact of investments is not easy. Yet without measurement systems, innovative financing mechanisms will not be able to attract mainstream investors. What measurement frameworks and guidance systems are emerging to help investors gain a clear picture of the social or environmental impact their money is making?

    Session B: New Technologies and Impact Investing
    Use of technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics by large institutional investors and others could pave the way for a better understanding risk, and increase the chances that an investment will matches an investors values and goals, from impact to financial returns. We examine the potential, assess the current use of AI and other technologies in impact investment and look to a future where these could become a powerful tool in investment decisions.

  • 12:30pm
    Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: A New Breed of Wealth Advisor

    How rapidly is the region’s asset management and wealth advisory industry – whether mainstream financial institutions or specialist advisors – responding to clients’ demands for new investment vehicles that prioritise social or environmental impact? What do advisors now need to know to help clients that want to build a sustainable or impact investment portfolio?

  • 2:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Support for Entrepreneurs

    For impact investing to take root in region, the pipeline of investable entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs needs to expand. This session will look at the forms of support start-ups need, from seed funding to incubation and mentorship, to turn an idea into an enterprise that can work at scale to address social and environmental challenges.

  • 2:50pm
    Breakout Sessions

    Option A: ESG integration
    As investor’s strategies evolve, they are moving from screening out companies from their portfolios to actively picking stocks because of their positive impact through ESG (environmental, social and governance) or SRI (socially responsible investing). While ESG is well established as a risk management tool, some are starting to see it as a means of increasing positive financial performance. What will it take to advance this agenda?

    Option B: Gender Lens Investing
    For gender lens investors, the prism through which they assess potential investments is how those businesses advance or support women and girls. And it is a type of investing that has been growing rapidly in recent years. From companies promoting women as senior executives to those providing services to women girls in developing countries, what are the opportunities for investors to promote gender equality?

  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Financing Climate Action

    The capital markets can play a key role in promoting everything from renewable energy to carbon capture and storage. Whether through green bonds or debt instruments designed to raise commercial institutional capital for environmental conservation, many argue that the funds generated by these mechanisms could unleash billions of dollars to fund measures that protect the planet from climate change mitigation to forest conservation and biodiversity preservation.

  • 4:40pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 5:00pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:05pm
    Cocktail Reception

    A special event announcing the short-list for the 2019 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

Why Attend?

  • Leave the event understanding the potential for private capital to fill the funding gaps in solving the world’s biggest challenges
  • Hear directly from the policymakers, advisors and investment experts who are pursing new opportunities and developing innovative financing mechanisms at the intersection of philanthropy and investment
  • Meet dynamic leaders from foundations, institutional and individual investors, investment professionals and advisors, fund managers, development finance institutions and policymakers.
  • Learn about the latest financing tools that are available to investors who want to achieve social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
  • Learn about cutting-edge forms of financing that are currently being developed or experimented with to address global challenges
  • Find out how to take the next steps in developing or offering financial products investors who want to use their investment funds to tackle global challenges.
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Who Attends?

Complimentary places are available to individuals who meet the following criteria. If you would like to apply to attend, please complete the short application form*.

  • For-profit and non-profit impact investors (CEO, Managing Partner, Principal, Director, Board Member)
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Pension Funds, foundations, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, life insurance companies and other institutional investors (CEO, CIO, Director of Investments, Head of Responsible Investment)
  • Government agencies, development finance institutions and multilateral organisations
  • Single-Family and Multi-Family Offices (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research)

*Places are strictly limited and subject to approval by the Publisher.

A limited number of paying tickets are available for senior representatives from the following sectors:

  • Wealth Management firms and Private banks
  • Asset Management firms
  • Private Equity firms
  • Investment banks
  • Lawyers and Management consultants
  • Ratings agencies

To purchase tickets, please click here. 

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Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Knowledge Partner (1)

GoImpact is an ecosystem to fast track Social Impact Investment, closing the missing links between a great idea and taking real steps, and in turn making a positive difference in the world. Our platform is built around 3 pillars - GoLearn (education); GoNetwork (advocacy); GoInvest (deal flow investments). Through our online-to-offline platform, investors can connect with people who share similar values, learn about the latest in impact investment and contribute online. The goal is to drive real change together with our partners. We lead by example.

Venue

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance Street, Central

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3196 8888

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Laurence James
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Pamela Lam
Delegate Booking And Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
Sarah Murray
Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times
Ashley Li
Media Partner And Press Enquiries
Financial Times