While sustainable and impact investing has been developing rapidly in Asia in recent years, capital allocations vary by country and the ecosystems supporting the growth of an investment pipeline are evolving at different speeds. There is great potential for a wide range of players – from policy-makers to asset managers, family offices and institutional investors – to shape this evolving market and take it into the mainstream. The third edition of FT Investing for GoodAsia will gather leading investors, wealth managers, development finance institutions, entrepreneurs and others to discuss the opportunities to make a significant impact on regional environmental, social and governance challenges, and the obstacles that need to be overcome, including wide gaps around data and impact measurement, and a mindset among many participants that still favours short-term market-beating returns over long-term transformation.
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Eugenia Koh is Head of Impact Investing and Strategic Engagements at Standard Chartered Bank. In her role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the sustainable investing proposition for clients, and for driving overall client and employee engagement. As part of client engagement, she runs the Future Global Leaders Programme, developed specifically for the bank’s ultra-high-net-worth next generation clients.
Prior to joining the bank, she worked in the COO team at Barclays, and was responsible for communications, client insights, employee engagement for the private bank in Asia, Middle East and Africa. She was also tasked with evaluating and exploring the implementation of an impact investing platform for Barclays in Asia. She started her career at Weber Shandwick, and worked on a number of award winning public relations campaigns ranging from thought leadership to corporate social responsibility.
She is author of Dawn Kwan. Art Awakening, a chronicle of child prodigy Dawn Kwan’s journey as a child artist, which is available in all National Libraries in Singapore.
Since 2011, Ravi Menon has been Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator. Before his appointment at the MAS, he was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade & Industry (2007-11), where he led the ministry’s work in economic strategy, international trade, energy policy, and research and development; and Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Finance (2003-07), where he was responsible for fiscal policy and government reserves.
Mr Menon spent the first 16 years of his career at the MAS, which he joined in 1987. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Steering Committee. He chaired the FSB Standing Committee on Standards Implementation (2013-17), the International Monetary and Financial Committee Deputies Meetings (2011-15) and the APEC Senior Officials Meetings (2009).
A recipient of the Singapore Government’s Meritorious Service Medal and Public Administration (Gold) Medal, he was chairman of the Singapore Co-operation Enterprise; deputy chairman of the Central Provident Fund Board; and a board member of the Housing and Development Board; Singapore Totalisator Board; Agency for Science, Technology, and Research; Civil Service College; and National Research Foundation. He was also on the board of directors of DBS Bank, the largest bank in Southeast Asia. He is currently chairman of the Institute of Banking and Finance and serves on the board of trustees of the Singapore Indian Development Association, a community volunteer group.
Mr Menon holds a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
Helene Li is Co-Founder of GoImpact, established to connect social impact investors and stakeholders and to fast-track social and impact investment. Conceived as an online-to-offline ecosystem, GoImpact uses advocacy, education and online investing to bridge market gaps and drive more private capital towards social impact.
A management consultant by training, Helene has held a number of senior management positions in strategic planning and marketing throughout her career, including at Boston Consulting Group and Towers Watson and at global financial institutions such as JP Morgan Private Bank, Lombard Odier, the Swiss wealth and asset management firm, and BNP Paribas Wealth Management. She has worked in the ultra-high-net-worth sector for most of her banking and consulting career, spearheading and curating next-generation family business programmes.
A regular contributor to impact and entrepreneurship research throughout her banking and consulting career, in 2010 Helene partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to organise the “Creative Capitalism” Forum, which formed a cross-sector platform to drive sustainable family legacy and socially meaningful engagements for ultra-high-net-worth families. Since then, she has built up a closely connected network of impact investment and sustainable finance leaders and practitioners in family businesses, government and the private sector.
Helene graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a First Class Honours degree in English and Economics.
Naina Batra is CEO of AVPN, a leading Asian network of philanthropy and social investment funders. She joined AVPN as CEO from September 2013 and was appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Under her leadership, AVPN’s membership has grown by more than three times and has shifted from focusing only on venture philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of social funders, from philanthropists to impact investors and corporate social responsibility professionals. She was instrumental in developing services that connect, empower and educate the network’s more than 500 members.
Before joining AVPN, Ms Batra was a member of the senior leadership team of the Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. Ms Batra was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private, where she curated contemporary Indian art with a view to providing a platform to showcase the work of upcoming and established Indian artists.
Ms Batra has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA, and a General Course Diploma in economics from the London School of Economics.
Amit Bhatia is the inaugural CEO of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (from 2017 to 2020). GSG is an independent, 32-country multilateral organisation that is working to advance impact investment and entrepreneurship for social, climate and economic justice. Amit is also former CEO of India’s Impact Investors Council (IIC) and Founder of Aspire Circle.
In 2007, Amit left a successful corporate career to work in the social sector. He is Founder and Chair of Aspire, a social enterprise in focused on education, a position he has held since 2007. In 2013, he founded Aspire Circle, India’s leading fellowship for social leadership, where he is also Managing Trustee. He is Founding CEO of India’s Impact Investors Council (2014-2017).
During the course of his corporate career he was Founding CEO of Indian outsourcing company WNS Knowledge Services from 2003 to 2007. From 1999 to 2003, he was Country Manager of FreeMarkets, an online auction business procurement company. He was also Founder of the McKinsey Knowledge Centre, the consulting firm’s global research centre (1996 to 1999). Before joining McKinsey, Amit spent time with American Express and in Equity Research (1991-1996).
Amit is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce (1989) and Delhi School of Economics (1991).
Alexandra Boakes Tracy
Alexandra Boakes Tracy is President of Hong Kong-based Hoi Ping Ventures, which she founded to provide research and consulting on sustainable and low-carbon investment in Asian emerging markets. Since 2013, Alexandra has been a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She is also the Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, a director of the UK’s Climate Markets & Investment Association and a member of Hong Kong’s Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce.
Alexandra began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and ran a number of start-up businesses, including a software company and a publishing and information business. Following the sale of the latter, she spent several years as Vice President of Strategy at Hong Kong’s First Eastern Investment Group. From 2009 to 2015, she was non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia, where she was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change.
She sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, and the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation. She is also an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's Asian Family Business Research Centre and to the NDCI.org climate commitment community. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.
Pratima Divgi leads the regional efforts in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand of CDP, which supports investors, companies, cities, states and regions in disclosing and managing their environmental impacts. In her role as Director, she engages with corporates, investors and cities in their efforts to measure and manage environmental impact.
In her previous career, Pratima spent 17 years in finance, most recently in private equity with Aberdeen Standard Investments. As well as her investment role at Aberdeen Standard, she was also part of the private equity environmental, social and governance (ESG) working group, which involved formulation of the ESG policy and leading the policy implementation for Asia-Pacific private equity investments. Pratima remains an active member of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association.
Jennifer Field is Director of Social Impact at GLG, the global knowledge marketplace that connects thousands of companies with more than 700,000 experts. Jen created and leads GLG’s Social Impact initiatives, which provide GLG’s platform to the social sector. She oversees GLG’s Social Impact Fellowship, which supports rising social entrepreneurs, as well as GLG’s work with impact investors, foundations and social impact consulting and advisory firms.
Before joining GLG in 2012, Jen was a Vice President in the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, where she helped lead the 10,000 Women Initiative. She was also involved in the development of 10,000 Small Businesses and Goldman Sachs Gives. Jen’s experience also includes serving as Special Assistant and Personal Aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as a Foreign Affairs Advisor in the US Mission to the United Nations, and as the John Whitehead Intern at the Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (formerly the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy).
Jen earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and holds a BA from Yale University. She is on the Advisory Boards of The Resolution Project and Concordia Summit.
Michael Galante is Director of Climate Forestry, a specialist professional forestry company, and an expert in the fields of sustainable timber production from tropical forests, forest certification and timber legality assurance, forest finance and climate change mitigation strategy and project development.
Michael has 20 years of experience as a technical expert throughout Southeast Asia. He has written numerous forest management plans, supports companies in achieving certification through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards of practice. He supports the development of innovative financial mechanisms to ensure predictable, reliable and sustainable finance, as well as tracking and supporting international conventions and environmental agreements.
Michael obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh where he focused on the development of a carbon accounting framework to support reduced-impact logging as a project-based activity under the Climate Convention in Sabah, Malaysia.
Sean Gilbert is Director of Member Engagement at the Global Impact Investing Network, overseeing the GIIN Membership of more than 330 member organizations from nearly 50 countries around the world. He has worked for more than 20 years in the private and non-profit sectors on integrating sustainability into business and finance.
Sean was previously Head of Partnerships and Outreach with the NDC Partnership at World Resources Institute (WRI), where he led governance and outreach to launch the global initiative to support countries in achieving ambitious climate and development commitments. Prior to this role, he led Sustainability Advisory Services for KPMG in China, where he worked with Chinese and Hong Kong companies and banks. Separately, he co-drafted the Task Force Report for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) on Green Finance Reform. As a Director at the Global Reporting Initiative, he led the development of a set of global disclosure standards for sustainability reporting. Sean started his career as a market research consultant for the chemical and environmental technology sectors based in Asia.
Durrie Hassan is Executive Director with Visible Mission, the Asia-focused venture philanthropy and impact investment division of a family office. He is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vice President of UBS 20/20 Social Impact Leaders group and a Governing Board member for Mongolia Needs You, a social enterprise focused on education.
After graduating with a BSc in Business Management from the University of Surrey, Mr Hassan completed Harvard Business School's HBX Credential of Readiness programme.
Robert Kraybill is Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Portfolio Management at IIX, where he leads all of IIX’s portfolio management activities, with the goal to increase global capital toward high-impact enterprises, with a focus on creating the most impact for underserved communities and women. He also oversees the IIX Growth Fund with a target of raising $25m to make growth equity investments in high-impact enterprises in South and Southeast Asia, with a focus on women’s empowerment, sustainable agriculture and clean energy.
He led the launch of IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond Series, and oversees the IIX Growth Fund. He has 20 years in the traditional capital markets as an advisor and investor, most recently as head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management, a $12bn alternative investment manager. Before that, he was head of investment banking, Asia ex-Japan, for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Robert began his career at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.
Robert received his BA magna cum laude from Princeton University and his JD summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Cindy Ko is the Asia Representative for Toniic, a global community of asset owners seeking deeper impact with their capital. She is responsible for helping Asia-based families and foundations to align their investments with their values and to increase their impact.
Cindy has worked at the intersection of finance, innovation and impact for most of her career. Previously, she was Venture Partner at Quona Capital, a global fintech fund focused on financial inclusion. She also served as the Asia lead for Zipline, a Silicon Valley based autonomous drone company focused on delivering essential medical products to difficult-to-reach communities in developing countries. For more than a decade, Cindy led international expansion for Endeavor, a not-for-profit organization supporting high-impact commercial entrepreneurs in emerging markets. She helped to establish Endeavor's presence in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
Cindy currently serves as an independent, non-executive director of JcbNext, listed on the Malaysian Exchange, and as an advisor to Imagine H2O, an international NGO focused on cultivating entrepreneurs in water innovation.
Nan Luo is Head of China for the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a role she assumed in October, a role she assumed in October 2017. She works with Chinese institutional investors and external bodies to help raise awareness of responsible investment in China.
Before joining the PRI, Nan worked with the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing, where she was the Head of Institutional Infrastructure Investment, leading on attracting Chinese capital investment into UK Energy and Infrastructure activities, with particular focus on renewable energy. Before that, she spent five years working in the Climate Change and Energy Section of the Embassy, focusing on green finance strategies and policy-oriented projects to address global climate change and support China’s low carbon transition. Nan also spent two years at Climate Bridge Ltd in Shanghai, where she developed and managed projects for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), one of the Flexible Mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol that provides for emissions reduction projects.
Nan holds a bachelor of Engineering from Northwest A&F University, China and an MSc In European Forestry, for which she studied at a number of European institutions.
In his role as Investment Partner, Varad Pande leads strategy, impact and new initiatives at Omidyar Network India. A social impact and public policy professional, Varad has held diverse roles across government, strategy, multilateral, investment organisations working on issues of economic development, social impact and base-of-pyramid business models.
Varad was Special Advisor to India’s Minister for Rural Development and Environment & Forests, where he drove the agenda on sustainable livelihoods, sanitation, environment and climate change. He was a member of the Government of India’s Low Carbon Expert Group. He was Principal Advisor to Abhijit Banerjee on the UN secretary-general’s Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals) and was a Sherpa on the UN secretary-general’s Global Sustainability Panel. He also led the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship, which connects India’s youth with grassroots development.
Varad holds an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MA in Economics from University of Cambridge, and a BA Honours in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi.
Lise Pretorius is Vice President at WWF, where she engages finance sector stakeholders in Asia on sustainable investment and conducts research and capacity building on ESG integration. She also manages stakeholder engagement as part of the secretariat for the Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI), a multi-stakeholder initiative to support science-based sustainable finance in Asia founded by WWF in 2019.
Previously, Lise headed up strategy at GCX, the South Africa-based corporate sustainability consultancy, where she developed long-term strategic roadmaps for listed clients. She has been resident energy and sustainability writer at the Financial Mail, the South African financial publication, and has worked on sustainable investment projects in the UK and South Africa, including authoring ShareAction’s Green Light Report on the intersection between climate change and pension funds.
Lise holds a BCom Economics honours degree from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics.
Frédéric Samama is Head of Responsible Investment at Amundi, the leading European asset manager. He joined Amundi in 2009 and is Founder of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) Research Initiative. He co-edited a book on long-term investing with Nobel Prize Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and has published numerous papers on green finance.
Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase program, a technology now widely used among French companies. He has advised the French government in areas such as employee investing mechanisms, market regulation, climate finance and has a long track record of innovation at the crossroads of finance and government policy. Over the past few years, he has focused on climate change through a mixture of financial innovation, research and policy making recommendations. He is an advisor on climate change to Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and policymakers.
He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and holds a diploma from Neomia Business School, France.
Mason Tan is Founder and CEO of Garden Impact Investments. A certified public accountant by training, he has extensive experience in south-east Asia, he currently serves as Chairman of the Transformational Business Network Asia (TBN Asia), a non-profit association headquartered in Singapore that works to fight poverty through business enterprise solutions.
Mason has worked at a big four public accounting firm in the US, at a securities and money broking firm in Indonesia and as Corporate Finance Manager and Investor Relations professional for an New York Stock Exchange-listed company based in Singapore. He has also been CFO of a venture capital-funded internet enterprise and at an Indonesian fiber manufacturing plant. From 2004 to 2010, he was owner/operator of a US food and beverage master franchise for Singapore and Malaysia and China.
Shuyin Tang is a Partner at Patamar Capital, a venture capital firm that targets risk commensurate returns for its investors while seeking to unlock economic opportunities for Asia's low income communities. She is responsible for Patamar's investing activities in the Mekong region and the Philippines. Patamar Capital supports visionary entrepreneurs who are building high-growth companies that help to solve South and Southeast Asia's most pervasive problems at scale.
Ms Tang’s experience spans strategy consulting (Bain & Company), development consulting (TechnoServe) and impact investing (Patamar Capital and LGT Venture Philanthropy), across Australia, India and Southeast Asia. She has also worked in the US Congress and the Australian public service, as well as at The Lowy Institute for International Policy and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
In 2015, Australian Financial Review named Ms Tang one of Australia's “100 Women of Influence” and in 2016 the Asia Society named her an Asia 21 Young Leader. She graduated summa cum laude from the Australian National University, where she was also awarded the University Medal.
Gabriel Wilson-Otto is Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Asset Management. In this role, he leads BNPP AM’s stewardship activities in Asia Pacific as the firm reinforces its commitment to environment, social and governance (ESG). His work includes researching corporate governance issues, undertaking direct and collaborative corporate engagement, and engaging with policymakers on issues relating to sustainable finance and investment.
Gabriel joined from Goldman Sachs, Asia, where he was Executive Director, Head of GS SUSTAIN Asia. During his 12 years at Goldman Sachs, he led a team working to identify long-term investment opportunities in high-quality companies. He authored research reports on ESG issues, evaluated the performance of companies under a proprietary ESG scoring framework and focused on improving the performance of major corporations based in the region by incorporating ESG factors into fundamental company valuations. He began his career as a research analyst for the infrastructure sector at Deutsche Bank and, before to joining GS SUSTAIN in Hong Kong. was a consumer sector analyst at Goldman Sachs in Australia.
Gabriel holds a double Bachelor’s degree from The University of Melbourne, majoring in Commerce (Finance and Economics) and Information Systems and is a CFA charterholder.
Claudia Zeisberger is an Author and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD. She is the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre, the Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI) and a founding investor in INSEAD Alum Ventures (IAV), the school’s first dedicated seed fund. She mentors early-stage companies and advises institutional investors, family offices and sovereign wealth funds globally on asset allocation, fund investing versus direct investments, and responsible investing strategies and risk management questions.
Before joining INSEAD in 2005, Claudia spent 16 years in global investment banking. At INSEAD, she launched the MBA elective ‘Managing Corporate Turnarounds’ and teaches Private Equity & Venture Capital, Corporate Turnaround and Risk management electives. She has frequently been nominated for the “Best Teaching Award” and has been awarded the “Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in MBA Teaching” annually since 2008.
Claudia is known for her extensive research on private equity in emerging markets. She is author of the book Mastering Private Equity – Transformation via Venture Capital, Minority Investments & Buyouts and the corresponding INSEAD case book, Private Equity in Action.
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 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 - 13th Oct
8:15amRegistration and Breakfast
Ravi Menon, Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
9:30amPanel Discussion: The Impact Track Record
While there is much talk across Asia about how impact investing could support social and environmental causes and fix systemic regional problems, the question is who is actually investing today. What are the roadblocks? How can we develop a sufficient pipeline of investible projects and opportunities in the region? This panel will draw together experts and impact investors to talk about the state of the market in Asia and what more needs to be done to encourage others to participate so that investing for good becomes the norm rather than the exception.
Robert Kraybill, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Portfolio Management, IIX
Helene Li, CEO and Co-Founder, GoImpact Capital Partners
10:10amFramer: Changing Investment Mindsets
Gabriel Wilson-Otto, Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management
10:25amPanel Discussion: Changing Investment Mindsets
One of the obstacles to expanding the sustainable investment sector is lack of awareness, confusion about definitions such as “value” and “impact” and the persistence of a focus on short-term returns rather than the long-term horizons needed for social impact. What tools – from policy measures to greater coverage by mainstream business and finance media – could be used to change this mindset? How can we spread knowledge, understanding and awareness of the fact that private capital can deliver solutions to social and environmental challenges while also generating a financial return?
Jennifer Field, Director, Social Impact, GLG
Eugenia Koh, Head, Impact Investing and Strategic Engagements, Standard Chartered Bank
Gabriel Wilson-Otto, Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Investment-ready entrepreneurs with the capacity and technology to solve social or environmental problems, scale up and make the kind of returns that will be appealing to investors are essential to the impact investing ecosystem. This showcase session will introduce two entrepreneurs who are making a difference.
11:40amPanel Discussion: The Policy Landscape
As governments around the region recognise the power of impact investing to fill funding gaps, some are designing incentives to encourage private investors to step in. What can policy-makers do to incentivise the development of a financial sector where sustainable and impact investments goes mainstream? What kinds of incentives and regulatory measures do investors and asset managers believe could do most to advance sustainable and impact investing in the region?
Pratima Divgi, Director, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand, CDP
12:20pmPanel Discussion: Climate-Resilient Infrastructure
Infrastructure developments such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative can help accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. If not built in the right way, infrastructure can exacerbate climate change. There is a focus therefore on building infrastructure that not only increases climate resilience but that, in its design, construction and operation, is environmentally sustainable. How might impact investing be harnessed to bring in private sources of funding for these developments? How should impact investors approach these initiatives so that their investments are in line with national development priorities, local community needs and environmental sustainability? What new technologies are improving climate resilience?
Alexandra Boakes Tracy, President and Founder, Hoi Ping Ventures
Michael Galante, Director, Climate Forestry
Nan Luo, Head of China, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Frédéric Samama, Head, Responsible Investing Division, Amundi
Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups
2:20pmPanel Discussion: Concessionary to Mainstream, an Impact Spectrum
As the sector matures, some want to push for the mainstreaming of impact investment. Yet others argue that an all-out embrace of market-rate investments will leave critical social and environmental challenges – for which rates of return may be concessionary – without funding sources, and that attention must be paid to investors who care more about social impact than financial returns. This panel will look at the types of investments along the impact spectrum and discuss how to develop an industry where investors with a wide range of goals – both social and financial – can play a role.
Mason Tan, Founder and CEO, Garden Impact Investments
Shuyin Tang, Partner, Patamar Capital
Option A: Financing for Forest Preservation
Recent fires in the Amazon and Australia have raised awareness of the importance of rainforests to biodiversity and the world’s atmosphere, supporting research into the importance of forest conservation and restoration in meeting global greenhouse gas reduction targets. While deforestation rates have trended down across Southeast Asia in recent years, economic pressures on the landscape remain, with a need to balance environmental and development needs. How can investors help ensure that new developments achieve this balance, and how can the need for greater forest protection and restoration be sustainably financed?
Option B: Gender Lens Investing
With the launch of the 2X Challenge: Financing for Women and the Equality Fund, gender lens investing is gathering momentum. From enterprises providing services to women and girls in the region to companies that are promoting women as senior executives, gender lens investments are attracting more Asian investors. What do investors need to know and what are the opportunities for this type of investing in the region?
Option C: ESG in Asia Pacific
With much talk of the mainstreaming of ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing in Europe and the US, Asian investors are also becoming more interested in the financial relevance of applying ESG to their portfolios. What is driving the market shift in Asia, how fast is ESG being adopted, what are the barriers, and how can investors position themselves to benefit from both the financial rewards of ESG investing and the ability to make an impact with their investments?
4:10pmPanel Discussion: Empowering the Advisors
To help more investors seek investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns, advisors need to build the knowledge and insights that can inform their clients as they build sustainable, impact-related portfolios. What are the biggest knowledge gaps in the advisory industry and what more is needed to build the capacity of these advisors? How might wealth managers also start to help those currently engaged in venture philanthropy expand into impact investing?
Naina Batra, Chairperson and CEO, AVPN
Durrie Hassan, Executive Director, Visible Mission Ventures
Lise Pretorius, Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF
4:50pmPanel Discussion: Filling the Data Gaps
Until measurement metrics are established for those wanting to invest for good, larger pools of capital cannot be unlocked, and some investors will remain sceptical or see sustainable impact investments as simply another form of charity. What measurement tools, scoring systems and new technologies are emerging that could give investors greater confidence in impact investing? And how can greater uniformity be brought to impact measurement so that investors are not forced to confront a confusing landscape of acronyms and conflicting standards?
Patti Chu, Asia Region Relationship Manager Toniic; Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Mana Impact Partners
Varad Pande, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network India
Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and Academic Director of the Global Private Equity Initiative, INSEAD
Amit Bhatia, Former CEO, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and Impact Investors Council (India), and Founder, Aspire Circle
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BNP Paribas Asset Management is the asset management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s foremost financial institutions, and offers high value-added solutions to individual savers, companies, and institutional investors. It has a broad range of skills in four investment divisions: Equities, Fixed Income, Private Debt & Real Assets, and Multi-Asset, Quantitative and Solutions (MAQS). Sustainability is at the heart of BNP Paribas Asset Management’s strategy and investment decision-making process, making an active contribution to energy transition, environmental protection and the promotion of equality and inclusive growth. Its aim is to achieve long-term sustainable investment returns for its clients. BNP Paribas Asset Management has assets under management of EUR 436 billion* (as at 30 September 2019), with more than 520 investment professionals and almost 500 client servicing specialists, serving individual, corporate and institutional clients in 69 countries.
* EUR 589 billion of assets under management and advisory as of 30 September 2019
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is a leading Japanese financial institution that provides personal, corporate and investment banking services to our network that extends across 40 countries and regions globally, 14 of which are in Asia. We are driven by our commitment to lead the way in providing value to our customers and the markets in which we operate.
The company was formed in April 2001 through the merger of Sakura Bank, Ltd. and Sumitomo Bank, Ltd. In December 2002, SMBC became a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, a holding company created through a share transfer.
For more information, please visit https://www.smbc.co.jp/global/
Knowledge Partner (1)
Bridging the great divide between the talk and action, accelerating the Sustainable Development agenda from intention to implementation – GoImpact means Impact made easy and actionable. We are an ecosystem developed to connect the dots and provide action enablersbuilt around 3 key pillars – GoLearn (education); GoNetwork (structured advocacy); GoInvest (deal flow platform for sustainable investments). Through our partners network with online-to-offline initiatives, we connect investors with deals relevant to their interests and provide learning opportunities to drive real change by example for everyone who is keen to understand more about the Sustainable Finance agenda.
Cocktail Reception Sponsor (1)
Standard Chartered Private Bank provides private banking services to clients across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, through onshore booking centres in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, India, London, and Jersey. We also offer global Trust and Fiduciary capabilities through our Singapore centre.
Our aspiration to be the private bank of choice among generations of entrepreneurs is built on Standard Chartered’s inherent strengths: a heritage of some 160 years in international banking, a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and a strong understanding of growth markets.
Through our global team of around 1000 employees, our relationship managers, investment advisors and product specialists have a deep understanding of our footprint markets and client needs, enabling them to connect our clients to an extensive range of wealth opportunities across our network.
For more information, please visit: www.sc.com/privatebank.
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Associate Sponsor (3)
Amundi is the European largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 10 globally. It manages 1,563 billion euros of assets across six main investment hubs. Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes. Clients also have access to a complete set of services and tools. Headquartered in Paris, Amundi was listed in November 2015.
Thanks to its unique research capabilities and the skills of close to 4,500 team members and market experts based in 37 countries, Amundi provides retail, institutional and corporate clients with innovative investment strategies and solutions tailored to their needs, targeted outcomes and risk profiles.
Amundi. Confidence must be earned.
Fidelity International provides world class investment solutions and retirement expertise to institutions, individuals and their advisers - to help our clients build better futures for themselves and generations to come. As a private company, we think generationally and invest for the long term. Helping clients to save for retirement and other long-term investing objectives has been at the core of our business for nearly 50 years.
We believe that investing in companies with high standards of corporate responsibility can enhance and protect investment returns for our clients. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues form an integral part of our investment decision-making process. Our rigorous research approach ensures we gain a deep understanding of ESG issues at a company level before they escalate and potentially threaten the value of our clients’ investments. As stewards, we play an important role in improving the governance of companies in which we invest. We engage directly with companies to promote good governance and sustainable corporate practices.
GLG is the world’s knowledge marketplace. We connect decision makers to insights from experts, so they can act with the confidence that comes from true clarity. Our network of 700,000 professionals is the world’s largest and most varied source of first-hand expertise, and we recruit hundreds of new experts every day. We bring the power of insight to every great professional decision.
Innovation Partner (1)
IIX is a global organization transforming the world through a new approach to sustainable peace. Over the past decade, we have built the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for impact investing, Impact Partners, developed a proprietary Impact Assessment, created innovative financial products such as the Women's Livelihood Bond, operated award-winning enterprise technical assistance programs, and established an Impact Institute for training and education. To date, IIX's work has spanned 46 countries, unlocked $94 million of private sector capital, avoided over 1 million metric tons of carbon and impacted nearly 24 million lives. IIX has received numerous awards for its work including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the ‘Nobel Prize for Business.'
Supporting Partner (2)
As the only comprehensive funders' network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 500+ members globally. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.
The Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA) was formed in 1992 to promote the development and interests of the venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) industry. The Association further strives to promote the development of the industry and its professionals as well as facilitate interaction and collaboration among all members. The Association also acts as a platform for both dialog and representation on regulatory and policy issues pertaining to VC and PE and assumes a leadership role on Southeast Asian VC and PE industry matters and activities