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Impact Investing conference Agenda

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8.00 – 9.00Registration & breakfast

9.00 – 9.10

Welcome and overview of the agenda
Corinne Molitor and Christian Hertz
Chairpersons of the ALFI Responsible Investing Technical Committee

Denise Voss, Chairman, ALFI


Keynote speech: The rise of the Meaningful Economy
Meaning used to reside in the domain of what an individual did ‘in their spare time’. It is now and increasingly a driver of economic choices.  In short, Meaning is a new currency. This creates a new framework for decision-making for Impact Investors as it affects where and how value is created in the economic system.

Mark Drewell will explain the driving forces that are leading to the rise of the Meaningful Economy, explore how it is creating new behaviours amongst customers, employees, employers and investors and examine its significance for individuals, organisations and society at large.

Mark Drewell, Senior Partner, ForeSight Group


Mainstreaming Impact Investments: opportunities and challenges.
A panel composed of ‘mainstream’ asset managers and specialised asset managers discuss common concerns, challenges and opportunities of impact investing.
As ‘mainstream asset managers’, when and how do embark on the project of building an impact investing platform? What are the reasons to put forward to convince your stakeholders?
For specialised impact investing asset managers, how do you compare to, compete with or complement ‘the mainstream’ players?

Moderator: Germain Birgen, Directeur, Banque de Luxembourg
Isabelle Cabie, Global Head of Responsible Development, Candriam Luxembourg
Edda Schröder, Founder and Managing Director, Invest in Visions
Szabi Baranyi, COO, Vice President, Audaces Impact
Stephan Langen, Senior Manager Investment Funds, ASN Bank


Out of the box – How I became an Impact Investor
Waterpreneurs is a trans-boundary accelerator supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of local water entrepreneurs who contribute to the realisation of the human right to water and sanitation (SDG 6). Waterpreneurs has a holistic and systemic approach and focuses on work in the field to generate impact in the communities.

Nicolas Lorne, Director and co-Founder, Waterpreneurs

10.30 - 10.55

Refreshment break


Introductory speech: Combining positive environmental impact with high returns

Jochen Wermuth, Managing Partner, Wermuth Asset Management


Writing the success story of Climate Finance
To finance both climate change mitigation projects and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, capital flows need to be considerably scaled up and improved. Panellists analyse how to mobilise investments for climate finance and the role of asset managers in this endeavour. Which financing tool to choose? Which investments work best? And how to measure tangible climate impact?

Moderator: Martin Berg, Investment Officer, Climate Change & Environment, New Products & Special Transactions, European Investment Bank

Louise Hedberg, Head of Corporate Governance & Sustainability, East Capital
Maurice Bauer, Secretary General, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Lachlan Cameron, Manager Energy Finance, Finance in Motion
Jochen Wermuth, Managing Partner, Wermuth Asset Management

12.00 - 12.10

Introductory speech
T100: Launch – Insights from the Frontier of Impact Investing, which makes public for the first time the aggregated portfolios of more than 50 investors, ranging in size from less than $2 million to more than $100 million, successfully targeting and achieving both impact and financial returns across the same asset classes available to traditional investors

Alison Fort, Managing Director EMEA, Toniic EMEA

12.10 - 13.00

Investing in impact – who’s out there?
Panellist wonder who the investors in impact actually are... HNWI, young millenials, institutional investors? As an investor, how do you select products and how do you influence the strategy of your invested projects? In terms of impact measurement and reporting, what do you want? Which SDG would you like to finance first?

Moderator: Uli Grabenwarter, Deputy Director, Equity Investments, European Investment Fund
Alison Fort, Managing Director EMEA, Toniic
Guillaume Bonnel, Head of Impact Investing, Lombard Odier
Benjamin Firmenich, Partner, Impact Finance Management
Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Founder and Managing Partner, Bamboo Capital Partners

13.00 - 14.00

Fairtrade Walking lunch

14.00 – 14.20

Out of the box - The courage to dream, impact and profit
30 years of successful impact investments as case studies and what it takes to profit while investing with conscience.

Arvind Narula, Owner & CEO, Urmatt Ltd

14.20 15.05

Sustainable Development Goals: impact investments with a view of addressing the world’s most challenging problems
Health, gender, education, social housing, ..., impact investing has a role to play in supporting development and in building inclusive economies. The SDGs provide a framework for the work to be done. But how to go about it? What to prioritise? What is the role of capital markets? Discussants will analyse the work to be done

Moderator: Manuel Tonnar, Deputy Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Christina Juhasz, CIO, WWB Asset Management
Constanze Kreiss, Senior Project Manager, KfW Germany 
Richard Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Social Stock Exchange
Vincent Oswald, Member of the Board of Directors, European Impact Investing Platform

15.05 –15.50

Measurement, rating, screening: Tools to make impact investing sustainable
Transparency, accountability and reporting are cornerstone to ensure the enduring growth of the impact investing industry.
An evaluation of the pros and cons of standardising impact investing and the importance of ‘speaking the same language’ within and outside of a specialised community.

Moderator: Annemarie Arens, General Manager, LuxFLAG
Nancy Saich, Senior Technical Adviser Environment, Climate & Social Office, European Investment Bank
Sylvain Château, Co-founder and COO, Beyond Ratings
Ronald van Genderen, Manager Research Analyst, Morningstar
Huub van der Riet, Lead portfolio Manager Impact Investing, NN Investment Partners
Jean-Florent Helfre, Head of Business Development FBS, Trucost

15.50 – 16.15Coffee break

Impact Investment for Sustainability: The case for Investment in UNSDG 5 (Women’s empowerment) & 7 (Renewable energy)
Every Nation and business must focus on ‘Impact investing’ in priority UN SDGs which have the potential to ‘impact’ its economic growth in a significant way whilst reducing the impacts of climate change.
The Women go beyond case and the economic benefits of going 100% renewable energy are explored as potential impact investments for all nations and businesses

Ravi Fernando, Chairman/CEO, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability (Pvt) Ltd., Executive in Residence, INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, INSEAD France


Stories from the field : offering Innovative financial services with tangible impact
One of the beauties of impact investing is its diversity. And its impact, of course! A closing discussion round with real-life examples of what is driving impact investing community.

Moderator: Patrick Goodman, Co-Founding Partner, Innpact S.à r.l.
Albert Frendo, Chief Credit Business, Development Officer, Bank of Valletta p.l.c
Peter Heijen, CEO, Lend a Hand
Tim Nuy, Deputy CEO, MyBucks
George Petty, Founder, Venture South International

17.15 - 18.00Closing drink


Updated on 25/04/17  
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