TBLI CONFERENCE™ NORDIC 2014

Our first ESG & Impact Investing conference in the Nordic region, hosted by the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo! For 2 days, the conference offered a platform to learn about current trends in sustainable investing and CSR in the Nordic region – and ample opportunity to find new business partners.
Unique to this event, selected entrepreneurs were invited to present their innovative green technology and climate change related projects to the investor community.

Conference Details

When : 10 Sep - 11 Sep, 2014

Where : BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 37, Oslo, Norway

Who : Attendee list

Conference materials

The Program  

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Wed, 10 Sep 14  

08.00 - 09.00

Entrance

09.00 - 09.20

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Although born in Brooklyn, New York, Robert Rubinstein is a longtime resident of The Netherlands. So, back in 1999, when he founded a company to introduce the then-radical concept of sustainable investing, it seemed only natural to name it after his distant former hometown: Brooklyn Bridge – Connections to the Future B.V. (BB). The concept behind this company was the introduction of TBLI – Triple Bottom Line Investing. From its early days, the aim of this small company was and is unabashedly global: It seeks nothing less than to reeducate the financial world. TBLI is a concept that Rubinstein pioneered, which puts forward the notion that a truly sound investment is one that provides, not just financial rewards, but social and environmental ones, too. With success, since the concept has now become a household name in the financial world.

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Atle Midttun is a professor at the Norwegian Business School, the Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation. He is a co-director of two of the School’s research centres: The Centre for Energy and Environment, and The Centre for Corporate Responsibility. 

Prior to his work at The Norwegian Business School, Atle Midttun was a researcher at the Resource Studies Group, under the Norwegian Research Council for Technical and Natural Sciences. He has had visiting professorships at Standford University, Woods Institute for the Environment; Université Paris Sud, Faculté Jean Monet; the University of Michigan, Business School/School of Natural Resources. He has been a visiting Scholar at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, the Max Planck Institute for Social Science in Köln, and the University of Aalborg. 

Atle Midttun’s research contributions and teaching are within regulation and governance, energy, corporate social responsibility, innovation, strategy and economic organisation. Much of his empirical work has focused on energy and the environmental issues.

He is a member of the editorial committees in the Energy & Environment Journal; Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society; and European Management Review.

09.20 - 09.50

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Kalle Moene is professor of economics at the University of Oslo. He is the leader of ESOP, a research center that is funded by the Norwegian Research Council as a center of excellence. ESOP stands for Equality, Social Organization and Performance,  keywords that also define Moene's research interests in rich and poor countries.

 

 

 

09.50 - 10.50

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Atle Midttun is a professor at the Norwegian Business School, the Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation. He is a co-director of two of the School’s research centres: The Centre for Energy and Environment, and The Centre for Corporate Responsibility. 

Prior to his work at The Norwegian Business School, Atle Midttun was a researcher at the Resource Studies Group, under the Norwegian Research Council for Technical and Natural Sciences. He has had visiting professorships at Standford University, Woods Institute for the Environment; Université Paris Sud, Faculté Jean Monet; the University of Michigan, Business School/School of Natural Resources. He has been a visiting Scholar at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, the Max Planck Institute for Social Science in Köln, and the University of Aalborg. 

Atle Midttun’s research contributions and teaching are within regulation and governance, energy, corporate social responsibility, innovation, strategy and economic organisation. Much of his empirical work has focused on energy and the environmental issues.

He is a member of the editorial committees in the Energy & Environment Journal; Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society; and European Management Review.

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Anna Ryott is Managing Director of Swedfund, the Swedish government’s development finance institution that contributes to poverty reduction through sustainable business. She has a unique background with experience from both civil society organisations and business.
Before joining Swedfund, Anna Ryott was Managing Director of SOS Children’s Villages Sweden and prior to that she was Deputy Secretary General for Unicef Sweden, Assistant Managing Director at the advertising agency Storåkers McCann, and has also a background from McKinsey and Hagströmer & Qviberg.

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Meisingset is in her 10th year as Head of Sustainability Research at leading Nordic pensions provider Storebrand, totalling 60 bn EUR in assets under management. Her eight-strong team of experts monitor and analyse approx. 3 500 companies in both developed and emerging markets.
In 2011, Storebrand was awarded Sustainable Asset Owner of the Year by Financial Times and the IFC. Meisingset is Portfolio Manager for the flagship fund Storebrand Trippel Smart, investing in 100 top sustainability performers across sectors.
Her academic background includes a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering (BEng) from Agder University College, a Master in Environmental Strategy (MSc) from the University of Surrey as well as an MBA in Management Control from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Previous professional experience includes environmental consulting and ESG analysis. She is also a board member at the Norwegian Board of Technology and Norsif.

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Idar Kreutzer is CEO of Finance Norway. From 2000 to 2012 he was the CEO of Storebrand ASA. Kreutzer chairs the Board of Norway Post and the Norwegian Refugee Council. He is Deputy Chairman of the Corporate Assembly of Statoil AS and a member of the Corporate Assembly of Norsk Hydro ASA. In January 2013 he was appointed member of the Strategy Council for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.
He has been a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and has co-chaired their Vision 2050. He is a member of the Board of the University of Oslo and a member of the Advisory Board of NHH Norwegian School of Economics.
Kreutzer holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

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Jeanett Bergan has more than 15 years' experience working with responsible investments. She heads KLPs work as a reputable responsible pension fund doing both exclusions, engagement and investments for sustainable development. Former employer include Storebrand and KPMG.

 

 

 

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Kalle Moene is professor of economics at the University of Oslo. He is the leader of ESOP, a research center that is funded by the Norwegian Research Council as a center of excellence. ESOP stands for Equality, Social Organization and Performance,  keywords that also define Moene's research interests in rich and poor countries.

 

 

 

10.50 - 11.15

C1 Foyer / Ground floor

11.15 - 11.45

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Ibrahim AlHusseini is a venture capitalist and philanthropist dedicated to advancing social change in the world and in societies that adversely impact women and girls. Ibrahim has spent much of his career as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance.


Recently, he and his team have been focused on addressing humanity’s increasing garbage problem. As the Managing Member of FullCycle Energy LP, his mission is to finance and own projects that revolutionize our relationship with waste by converting a costly environmental problem into clean, valuable fuel that can be used to power communities around the world. Mr. AlHusseini has also spent much of his career helping angel investors find clean technology and natural resource related investments. This work has led to an extensive network of industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs across the sustainability space.


Mr. AlHusseini is the Founder and managing partner of The Husseini Group LLC, a firm dedicated to facilitating, financing and guiding ventures that embrace social enhancement and ecological sustainability. He and his family were early investors in Infenera (NASDAQ:INFN), Bloom Energy, and Proteus Energy. He co-founded Natural Solutions Inc., a trailblazer in the field of marketing of natural industrial cleaning products. He conceptualized, financed and executed a pioneering corporation in the servicing of independent Automated Teller Machines: Accent Teller Services Inc., which was sold to Merrimak Inc. in 2005. He co-financed Advanced Laser Clinics Inc. in 2000, which was sold to American Laser Clinics in 2006.


Mr. AlHusseini co-founded Meca Communications Inc., the leading online marketing group designing and implementing private-label instant messaging strategies. Mr. AlHusseini also founded PakIT Inc., a leading designer, developer, and supplier of cellulose fiber molding equipment to the packaging industry, and he co-founded EcoPerks, a startup with a loyalty program for environmentally conscious consumers. Mr. AlHusseini is a current board member of The Culture Project, DevelopHer, The Transformation Foundation and The Global Partnership for Women and Girls.

11.45 - 12.45

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Irene Winther holds two Master degrees in Social Anthropology and Human Rights. She has mainly worked in financial services and recently for NGOs within CSR, B2B Sales and Marketing. Irene has particular interest and experience in building strategic partnerships, and she strongly believes that cross sector partnerships with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement can provide unique solutions to todays sustainability challenges.
Irene is born and raised in Copenhagen but has lived many years in Spain, Argentina, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy and speaks several languages fluent. She is an old elite Soccer player and enjoys long distance running and cross country skiing with her Norwegian family in law.

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Ibrahim AlHusseini is a venture capitalist and philanthropist dedicated to advancing social change in the world and in societies that adversely impact women and girls. Ibrahim has spent much of his career as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance.

Recently, he and his team have been focused on addressing humanity’s increasing garbage problem. As the Managing Member of FullCycle Energy LP, his mission is to finance and own projects that revolutionize our relationship with waste by converting a costly environmental problem into clean, valuable fuel that can be used to power communities around the world. Mr. AlHusseini has also spent much of his career helping angel investors find clean technology and natural resource related investments. This work has led to an extensive network of industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs across the sustainability space.

Mr. AlHusseini is the Founder and managing partner of The Husseini Group LLC, a firm dedicated to facilitating, financing and guiding ventures that embrace social enhancement and ecological sustainability. He and his family were early investors in Infenera (NASDAQ:INFN), Bloom Energy, and Proteus Energy. He co-founded Natural Solutions Inc., a trailblazer in the field of marketing of natural industrial cleaning products. He conceptualized, financed and executed a pioneering corporation in the servicing of independent Automated Teller Machines: Accent Teller Services Inc., which was sold to Merrimak Inc. in 2005. He co-financed Advanced Laser Clinics Inc. in 2000, which was sold to American Laser Clinics in 2006.

Mr. AlHusseini co-founded Meca Communications Inc., the leading online marketing group designing and implementing private-label instant messaging strategies. Mr. AlHusseini also founded PakIT Inc., a leading designer, developer, and supplier of cellulose fiber molding equipment to the packaging industry, and he co-founded EcoPerks, a startup with a loyalty program for environmentally conscious consumers.

Mr. AlHusseini is a current board member of The Culture Project, DevelopHer, The Transformation Foundation and The Global Partnership for Women and Girls.

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Dr. Marie Charles is a medical doctor with a highly distinguished background in business, finance and international relations, and is widely regarded as one of the key innovators in global healthcare and one of the world’s most successful high impact entrepreneurs.
Initially groomed to run one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in Europe, Dr. Charles chose instead to found a series of her own international healthcare enterprises, all of which have gone on to become global leaders in their respective fields, collectively active in over 42 countries. These include Tiger Healthcare Private Equity, which is currently ranked by leading banking institutions as one of the most innovative high impact - high yield closed private equity healthcare groups in the world; PharmAccess International; Zurich International & Mercantile Private Merchant Banking Services; and her personal philanthropic organisation Global Medic Force, which as the global leader in clinical skills rapid transfer to emerging nations, transfers over $USD 6.5 billion in first world medical human capital expertise, from more than 1,700 volunteer doctors from 17 Western nations, directly into developing nations across four continents.
As a founding industry practitioner and acknowledged global authority on high impact - high yield healthcare investing, Dr. Charles currently serves on the Credit Suisse Impact Advisory Council and is also a regular columnist on high impact - high yield healthcare investing with a readership in excess of 42,000 per issue, in one of the most affluential magazines in Europe. Prior to this, Dr. Charles served as COO of IATEC (University of Amsterdam) and as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs.

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Laurie Spengler is the President & CEO of Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International Ltd. and Triodos Facet), a global advisory firm delivering integrated capacity and capital solutions designed to meet the human needs of entrepreneurs, small & growing enterprises, un(der)served households and more.
The firm’s clients are financial institutions, business support organisations, private-sector companies, funders and investors focused on the real economy.
Ms. Spengler has 25+ years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, especially capital raising, M&A, and private equity with a particular focus on structuring and launching investment vehicles designed to expand access to appropriately aligned capital for funds, financial institutions and enterprises.
Ms. Spengler’s current directorships include Enclude Ltd, TBC Kredit and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Ms. Spengler is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Spengler splits her time among the Washington, DC, London and Zeist offices of Enclude.

12.45 - 13.00

B1-020 / Ground floor
 

Workshop moderators will give a short & crisp introduction to the 12 sessions on the agenda.

13.00 - 14.30

C1 Foyer / Ground floor

14.30 - 16.15

B2-030 / 1st floor
 
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Atle Midttun is a professor at the Norwegian Business School, the Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation. He is a co-director of two of the School’s research centres: The Centre for Energy and Environment, and The Centre for Corporate Responsibility.
Prior to his work at The Norwegian Business School, Atle Midttun was a researcher at the Resource Studies Group, under the Norwegian Research Council for Technical and Natural Sciences. He has had visiting professorships at Standford University, Woods Institute for the Environment; Université Paris Sud, Faculté Jean Monet; the University of Michigan, Business School/School of Natural Resources. He has been a visiting Scholar at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, the Max Planck Institute for Social Science in Köln, and the University of Aalborg.
Atle Midttun’s research contributions and teaching are within regulation and governance, energy, corporate social responsibility, innovation, strategy and economic organisation. Much of his empirical work has focused on energy and the environmental issues.
He is a member of the editorial committees in the Energy & Environment Journal; Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society; and European Management Review.

Tine will share experiences from the development of ESG strategies and polices for active owners, with particular focus on experiences from working with private equity investors internationally and in the Nordics. She will outline how the character and degree of “influence and control” over ESG factors in a specific asset class, could be a natural starting point for developing an efficient strategy for ESG management. She will also illustrate examples of ESG strategies for asset classes where there is potentially a high degree of influence and control.
In particular, Tine will illustrate how active owners can integrate ESG in the post-investment phase by partnering with portfolio companies to identify and manage their material ESG issues. This will be illustrated in part with the use of Kohlberg Kravis, Roberts & Co’s (KKR) approaches to supporting ESG performance in their portfolio companies.

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Tine is a senior consultant within the field of sustainability services in EY Norway. She has works in the area of responsible investment, ESG related strategy, stakeholder engagement and reporting.
Tine has supported global and Nordic private equity houses and institutional investors in in the development of approaches to responsible investment, ESG management and ESG reporting. This includes working with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) to develop their second ESG report and sector ESG policies for KKR’s five asset classes.
Tine also has experience from working with the world’s largest pension fund in the area of responsible investment. She also has helped listed Norwegian companies, such as Telenor and Marine Harvest with stakeholder engagement and ESG reporting. Tine has also worked with banks to develop their approach to integrating ESG in lending processes.
Tine holds a BSc in Business Administration from the Norwegian school of Economics, a MSc in Financial Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and a MSc in Sustainable development from HEC Paris School of Management. She has also participated in the New Venture Program at University of California, Berkeley.

As ESG investing is entering mainstream with institutional grade products across the asset classes and risk spectrum, impact & returns we have entered the 3rd wave of impact investing where being impactful is the driver of returns. Delivering outperformance in sustainable investing is based on the same parameters as any other investment searching for a growth story, seeing value where others don’t, identifying and monetizing a market inefficiency and arbitraging different views of risk.
With this insight how do institutional capital get involved?

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Rebeca Ehrnrooth is a Principal of Equilibrium Capital.
She joined Equilibrium with the conviction that Equilibrium offers long-term strategies of successfully combining superior investment performance and making a difference in terms of usage of the world’s resources. Equilibrium Capital is an asset management company that is making available institutional-quality sustainability-driven investment strategies in five real assets sectors: water, food, energy, land and real estate. Investment opportunities, whether long-term funds or direct investments, are based on long-term productive uses of real assets or resources that generate robust current income (yield) and capital returns, and are available at scale.
Better returns are generated from active use of real assets (or resources) in the face of rising demand given macro and sustainability-related trends.
Rebeca started her career in the M&A team at Merrill Lynch Europe working in London and Frankfurt. She has worked for Fitch Ratings covering a European Energy & Utilities portfolio and for Morgan Stanley in the debt capital markets team covering credit.
She started her alternative investment career at Pantheon as a Principal looking after European client services. Rebeca established the London office of Equilibrium.

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Ulrika Hasselgren is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Ethix SRI Advisors. She has advised institutional investors in sustainable and responsible investment since 1999. In 2000—leading up to her present role—she collaborated with Sweden’s national pension fund AP7 in creating its policy for responsible investment, including the development of the innovative screening methodology.
With a background in communications and management consulting, Ulrika spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company and 3 years with Solving International. She has been a guest lecturer on responsible investment at Stockholm University School of Business since 2002 and a frequent speaker at institutional investor conferences and seminars, globally.
Ulrika is a board member of Eurosif.www.ethix.sewww.ethixnews.se

- Investors' perspectives on ESG (pension funds, endowments)
- The importance of building a defined culture to drive the ESG agenda
- Addressing ESG issues as a central part of driving returns and mitigating risk in investments
- Selected case studies

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Mr Strand-Nielsen has entrepreneural, strategy and M&A experience from Arkwright and Bain & Co. Prior to founding FSN Capital in 1999, Mr Strand-Nielsen was a founding Director and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Arkwright. Arkwright is a corporate advisory firm specialising in strategy consulting and M&A work. The firm had 120 professionals located in five offices; London, Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm and Oslo. Before Arkwright Mr Strand-Nielsen was a Manager with Bain & Co, London. Mr Strand-Nielsen holds a B.A. from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

14.30 - 16.15

B2-045 / 1st floor
 

Challenges and approches

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Building on her 20 years’ experience in sustainable development finance, both in operations and evaluation capacities, Gudrun Timm uses her capital markets expertise with a particular focus on Corporate Governance, banks and private equity funds to support corporates and private equity firms to work on their Corporate Governance structures and practices. She has a profound knowledge of Asia, is fluent in Chinese and English, as well as her native German. Gudrun joined DEG, Germany´s KfW s private equity arm for Emerging Markets, in 2001 and has contributed to building the African, Central and East Asian portfolio. She structured more than 30 long-term investments totalling approximately 300m EUR with above-average financial and significant developmental returns. She also served as innovation manager and director for economics, evaluation and development policy until 2013. Her career started with Dresdner Bank AG and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Gudrun majored in economic studies and Chinese culture and philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Nanjing, PRC and holds a master´s degree of Bonn university.

The EU directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information emphasize moving from mere reporting to disclosing more practical considerations regarding how a company has assumed their environmental, ethical and social responsibility. In addition legal frameworks relating to e.g. anti-corruption require companies to display adequate procedures and real actions. I will elaborate on why sole reliance on management and issuing a policy is not sufficient and on how to implement an efficient compliance program with TeliaSonera as a practical example.

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Anna Romberg has a professional background from audit and assurance, risk management as well as from ethics and compliance. She works as Group Ethics and Compliance Officer at TeliaSonera AB where she has the global responsibility for the group’s Anti-Corruption program. Anna is also engaged with PhD studies and has a particular interest in how corporations respond to investor demands on ethical, environmental and social responsibility.

While it is true that the AIFMD regulation leads to additional requirements and costs, it also brings many benefits. For one thing, it enhances the organisational framework of investment companies. And a strong and transparent organisation is precisely what is required for managing ESG funds in a credible manner.
An AIFMD compliant manager is well positioned for managing ESG funds. Luxembourg strongly endorses ESG funds and LuxFLAG, the Luxembourg Fund Labelling Agency, has announced the launch of the LuxFlag ESG label, which will be granted to investment funds meeting specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

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Dr. Angelina Andonova is an experienced investment professional with a highly regarded expertise in the fund industry and investment banking. Her particular focus resides on the structuring, implementation and assessment of investment vehicles for institutional investors.
Dr. Andonova started her career as an investment strategist with the oldest German private bank (340-years old Bankhaus Metzler). She has a thorough asset management background and an outstanding academic track record with a PhD in macroeconomics.
Dr. Andonova is a keynote speaker on topics related to the regulatory framework for alternative fund strategies. Furthermore she is a guest lecturer at the University of Hohenheim (chair in monetary and economic policy).
Dr. Andonova speaks German, English, Spanish, Italian and Bulgarian fluently.

Compliance standards on international bribery are extensive and the long arm of US regulation keeps raising the bar for global companies. These are generally steps in the right direction. But applying these standards do not constitute a source of competitive differentiation between companies. The speaker defines business integrity innovations as creating trust in a market segment where trust was previously low or non-existent.
This has created billion dollar companies and brand new market segments. These businesses are different from the ethical businesses of the past. They are a source of disruptive market innovation and they offer new opportunities for sustainable investment.

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Fredrik Galtung is the chief executive of Integrity Action, a London-based NGO that was founded in 2003.  Integrity Action supports citizens in poor and emerging countries to improve public services through heightened integrity in a partnership between citizens and government. This approach has delivered improved services for more than 4 million people in recent years across a dozen countries.
We achieve this by making government and aid funded projects work better by reducing corruption, waste and fraud. Over the past 21 years, Fredrik has consulted on strategic corruption control in more than 40 countries, working with governments, international organisations (Council of Europe, World Bank, UN secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, Unicef, UN Office of Drugs and Crime, etc.), several companies, foundations and governments and development agencies.
He has advised heads of state and government in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fredrik is considered an expert on measurements and metrics pertaining to corruption, fraud and organisational integrity. He was the Head of Research of Transparency International for 10 years, having joined the organization as its first staff member.
He studied political economy in the USA, Norway, and the UK. He speaks six languages and is a Norwegian national.

14.30 - 16.15

B2-065 / 1st floor
 

Case Studies

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Karin Malmberg manages PRI's Environmental and Social Themed Work Stream. This involves educating and supporting investors on investments that can generate environmental and social benefits as well as attractive financial returns.
Karin also manages the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (PIIF), a unique initiative providing guidance and a network for responsible investors in inclusive finance. Prior to joining PRI, Karin worked as a researcher. She holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
She also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from University of Birmingham and an International Programme Diploma from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Oliver will focus on:

  • Innovative investments in climate smart agriculture
  • How to invest in strategies that are scalable, profitable and cost-effective operations, whilst building and maintaining valuable ecosystems

About Forest Finance: Forest Finance is investment advisor to the Global Sustainable Agroforestry Fund (GSAF). GSAF is an innovative strategy that invests in climate smart agriculture (CSA). The Fund concept is incubated by the Green Growth Action Alliance, an initiative hosted by the World Economic Forum, IFC and the Global Green Growth Institute. GSAF invests in commercially-operated and sustainably-managed forestry and agroforestry projects. It pursues a global investment strategy with focus on Latin America and South East Asia. The projects are small to medium-sized and produce certified products that can be sold at a price premium.
This clear strategy allows scalable, profitable and cost-effective operations, whilst building and maintaining valuable ecosystems.
The commercial projects identified will be positioned as business models for smallholders and are balanced with community-based projects that directly improve the livelihood conditions of smallholder farmers.

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Oliver Hanke is a Managing Partner at Forest Finance Switzerland and Senior Investment Manager to the Global Sustainable Agroforestry Fund. Oliver offers in-depth experience in investment strategy, product development, risk analysis and business management.
Formerly a Managing Director responsible for Product Management at Bank Julius Baer he developed a broad range of investment funds and other financial products. He also held other leading roles in strategy, planning and business development.
Oliver started his career as a portfolio and risk analyst for Trillium plc, a commercial real estate specialist for PPP projects. Oliver holds a Master in Economics from University of Münster, Germany.

  • Current developments and future sources of funding impact investments - The leadership role Norway could take
  • Moving from a self imposed capital famine to feast - Why this is not just "nice to have" and the $5 trillion capital market opportunity
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Arthur is a Founding Partner of Total Impact Advisors. Our clients are the major Foundations, UN bodies and the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Over his career he has held senior positions in both "for profit" and "not for profit“ enterprises (the latter a term he passionately dislikes).
Arthur is a recognized innovator in social finance (http://bit.ly/of3jE9) and frequently invited to speak and write on innovative financing vehicles for social purposes.
Working with the worlds leading Social Entrepreneurs he has wide experience across many of the issues in the "social " space. As one of the Pioneers in the Impact Investing space since 2005 he is credited with Innovations profiled as best practice including with Deutsche Bank one of the first layered financing structures (The Eye Fund) noted as "one of the top twenty ideas in new philanthropy" by Fast Company Magazines and the Social Impact Bond - one of his current foci is now working with leading lawyers and consultants in  developing on that idea to create a move to full multi stakeholder outcome models. He believes the opportunities in Impact Investing are much larger than people think but that many of the challenges are Cultural rather than Financial.
Prior to his current roles with Total Impact Advisors he was a Leadership Group Member of Ashoka the world's largest supporter of social entrepreneurs. At Ashoka he was Global Head of Social Financial Services, serving four years in DC / New York and London. Arthur has been instrumental in encouraging and writing the business case for  major global finance firms (including JPM)  to enter the business of social investing in order to improve the way social capital is allocated and deployed. He is also deeply involved in the conceptualisation and creation of new legal hybrid structures including getting legislation passed  to encourage social investment - most notably the L3C in the US and the SELLP in the UK. He has and continues to advise a range of global  social entrepreneurs and civil society  on financing structures - an area Total Impact has christened Policy Finance , indeed with the leading Sanitation economist from the World Bank writing the first UN report on the move to Outcome Models and Impact Investing.
Prior to working in Impact Investing - Arthur worked for over 20 years on "the dark side" - Merill, Coutts , Kleinworts and held senior positions in Product Development and change management  - earlier in his career he also worked  as an institutional finance  specialist in US Aerospace Defence and Geopolitics where he witnessed the end of the Cold War.One of his desires now is to address the warming peace.   Arthur is a regular publisher (the Brutus Column)  and speaker at leading global academic institutions as well as industry forums on social finance. Married to a Norwegian  he has a BSc Hons - (Econ) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Italy) and HEC (France).

  • Setting trends: how fund managers can meet institutional investor interest in impact investment
  • Looking to the future: energy, health and education
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Mirjam Farnum is Head of Relationship Management at responsAbility Investments AG, one of the world’s leading independent asset managers specializing in the development-related sectors of emerging economies such as finance, agriculture, health, education and energy. In this role, she is responsible for a sizeable team of relationship managers and their activities in acquiring and servicing private sector investors including banks, institutional clients and private individuals.
Prior to joining responsAbility in 2008, Mirjam Farnum worked for Credit Suisse in a senior sales position in the institutional clients department, advising pension funds and insurance companies on diverse asset management themes. She began her career as a consultant leading risk management-related projects for several Swiss private banks.
An enthusiastic traveler, her extensive trips across Asia and Latin America have provided her with a profound understanding of the needs of the population in emerging economies.
Mirjam Farnum holds a degree in International Relations from the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva.

  •  The case for impact investing in Norway: a case study on domestic microfinance
  • An untapped market opportunity: social business in Scandinavia

 

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Unni Beate Sekkesæter is a social entrepreneur, consultant, and PhD Fellow and has a background in microfinance and participatory development in Norway and internationally spanning 18 years. As a consultant, Ms. Sekkesæter founded and has been the CEO of Microfinance Norway since 2003. She is also the president of the board of Microfinance Norway at the moment. She is a PhD fellow at Roskilde University, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, soon completing her thesis on Microfinance in the US, UK, and Norway. Ms. Sekkesæter has also in recent years been a partner and project manager for several projects, including formation of the Nordic Microfinance Network, three EU projects with several international partners in microfinance and financial education. She has a wide international network in microfinance and social business. She has also contributed to major events and conferences in Norway and internationally and carried out evaluations of microfinance schemes in Europe and Sri Lanka. Ms. Sekkesæter has a M. Phil from Trinity College in Dublin, as well as multi-disciplinary studies related to management, development, language, and religion. She has broad international experience and has lived and worked in the USA, England, Ireland, and during shorter periods in Bangladesh.

14.30 - 16.15

B2-060 / 1st floor
 
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Suzanne Bodevin has lectured at The American University of Paris since 2007, primarily in the area of international finance. Her research interests focus on sustainable finance and business in the global economy. She has participated in three TBLI conferences and is currently organizing a sustainability study trip to Växjö, Sweden (October 2014). Suzanne completed her Masters and PhD at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

 

 

 

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Pål Dale co-founded the Voxtra Foundation in 2008 and then initiated the Voxtra East Africa Agribusiness Fund in 2011. Previously, he worked for five years as a management consultant in The Boston Consulting Group.
He is also trained as an officer in the Norwegian Army, and has served in the NATO operation in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
He holds an MSc in Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He speaks Norwegian, English and Russian.

 

 

 

Sarita will focus her contribution on:
- A short introduction to Norfund and its additional and catalytic mandate
- Norfund's approach
- Challenges that Norfund and its investees' face
- Norfund's financial and development results

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Sarita has more than 20 years experience in working with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and finance. She also has extensive experience in working with compliance, ethics/integrity, corporate responsibility (CR), technical assistance, and philanthropy.
Sarita is currently an Investment Manager at Norfund and works with that organization’s financial institution and SME fund investments. Previously, she has led KPMG-Norway’s Sustainability Advisory Services. While at Storebrand, Sarita was responsible for developing of one of the world’s first “best in class” environmental and social investment funds, heading its SRI Department and establishing Storebrand’s first CR program. Sarita has also held positions at Bank of America, CS First Boston, Statistics Norway and UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, in addition to working through her own consultancy, IN2SRI.  
Sarita serves as an Associate Director at Sancroft (a UK-based consultancy) and chairs the board of Cornland International AB. She has previously held directorships in other organizations, including chairing the board of SWESIF. She also held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Norwegian School of Management.

Because access to finance is very often still a major barrier to growth in rural areas and in the agricultural sector, Incofin IM has launched and advised several funds which have as a goal to increase financial access for farmers and rural entrepreneurs. Incofin IM has performed thorough evaluations of the pro’s and cons of the several fund concepts and on what the most effective way is to reach the smallholder farmer and provide access to finance. The different types of funds include: - Rural Impulse Fund I & II: these funds provide debt and equity investments to microfinance institutions which are based in rural areas. The funds have a commercial return target and a strong track record. On average, ~30% of the underlying portfolio of the investees is dedicated to financing agriculture. - Fairtrade Access Fund: this fund provides debt financing directly to producer organizations and is therefore reaching out 100% to smallholder farmers.
The fund has a lower return target and is smaller in size. - agRIF: this new fund will be launched by Incofin IM and will provide debt and equity investments to financial institutions and to producer organizations which are serving smallholder farmers.
A significant TA facility will be set up next to the fund in order to help institutions reach out to the farmers with appropriate products and risk management tools.

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Loïc De Cannière joined Incofin Investment Management as CEO in 2001.
He successfully restructured and grew the fund management company into one of the larger microfinance and impact investment fund management companies, with a very strong focus on balancing financial and social returns.
Today, Incofin IM manages combined total assets of 350 M EUR. Incofin IM’s flagship funds are Rural Impulse Fund I & II, which are focusing on investments in rural microfinance institutions. Incofin IM’s investor base comprises large private institutional investors and development finance institutions. Incofin IM has a team of 36 dedicated professionals and has offices in Belgium (Antwerp), Colombia (Bogota), India (Chennai) and Kenya (Nairobi).
Recently, Incofin IM launched “Fairtrade Access Fund”, an impact investment fund providing finance to Fairtrade labelled producers organisations worldwide. He actively promotes the inclusion of social performance parameters into microfinance and impact investments, by participating in the PIIF Steering Committee and by adhering to other initiatives, such as the Social Performance Task Force.
Before he joined Incofin, Loïc De Cannière was responsible for structured finance at the DEME Group, where he structured large port and environmental projects in Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, Qatar, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. Loïc De Cannière studied economics and philosophy at the Universities of Louvain (Belgium) and Munich (Germany).

The intervention will present the SCAF facility, a public fund that works with and through private equity funds to co-finance early stage low carbon project developments in developing countries. SCAF I funding is now mostly committed, with seven private equity funds engaged in Asia and Africa and an aggregate 79 projects in origination.
A SCAF II has recently been funded by the UK and German governments and expects to be open for business in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Eric Usher currently heads the Finance Unit within the Energy Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme that focuses on public-private instruments for financing climate infrastructure and new approaches to delivering cleaner energy services in regions without access.
Examples include the Seed Capital Assistance Facility, a joint undertaking with the Asian and African Development Banks aimed at increasing early stage investment activity in the clean energy sector, and the Renewable Energy Performance Platform being developed with the European Investment Bank.
During 2011 Eric worked for the UNFCCC climate change secretariat leading the private sector team that supported the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and its Private Sector Facility. During 2012 efforts focused on setting up the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre on Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance.
Eric is a Lead Editor of the annual Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report and co-author of a number of studies examining the role of public and private finance in climate mitigation. He was Lead Author for finance for both the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and the Global Energy Assessment.
Before joining UNEP, Eric was General Manager of Noor SA, a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.

16.15 - 16.45

B2 Area / 1st floor

16.45 - 18.30

B2-030 / 1st floor
 

The “green bond market” is growing rapidly. It will double this year to reach a total volume of $ 20 billion or more. The profusion of issuers and the striking variety of funded projects are now sparking an intense debate on the environmental objectives of this new investment class.
While the first issues were made by international institutions hoping to finance the transition to a low-carbon economy, green bonds have gained significant clout since the beginning of this year as a result of the issues made by large companies. 55 % of Green bonds launched between January and May 2014 are issued by companies, 37 %  by supranationals and development banks, 5% local authorities and 3% by banksInvestors are demanding, corporates and others issuers are interested but Green bond’s market need to keep its “green” credibility.
It requires transparency, monitoring indicators to measure the environmental impact of a bond’s underlying projects.

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Since its creation in 2001, Anne-Catherine Husson-Traore has led the development of the website novethic.fr, a major information source on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues in France and abroad. In addition to defining the editorial slant of novethic.fr, Anne-Catherine edits L’Essentiel de L’ISR, a quarterly publication that provides the French-speaking financial community with up-to-date information on international SRI practices, extra-financial analysis and shareholder activism. She has been Novethic’s Chief Executive since 2006.
As an expert on socially responsible investment, she is a frequent speaker on sustainable finance and is interviewed regularly by the French media.
Before joining Novethic, she worked for the French television channel M6 (1987-2000). At M6, she was an Editor-in-Chief and the Director of a regional office, before being appointed Editor of the website M6.fr.

The presentation will provide a background on the green bond market, market developments. It will also clarify what a green bond is, how it differs from regular bonds, why it is important for issuers and for investors and how the debate about standards is developing.

 

 

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Mats was appointed as Senior Advisor, Sustainable Products at SEB in February 2014. His primary responsibilities include raising the awareness about Green Bonds – a financial solution developed by SEB in 2007/08 - among issuers, investors, officials and the general public.
Before this, Mats was Chief Strategist, Emerging Markets at SEB since 2000.

Anne Kvam will focus of selected practical examples of second party opinions issued by DNV GL, and also address some of the challenges and opportunities DNV GL sees in this area.

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Anne Kvam is a principal consultant in DNV GLs. She provides strategic and operational advise on responsible investments to the financial sector. In addition, she works with other sectors on sustainability topics such as corporate governance, business integrity and CSR Due Diligence.
Anne has a long and broad experience in responsible investments and corporate governance. She was the leader of the Ownership Policy department in Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) for 5 years and in this period developed and implemented ESG strategies, processes and systems for integrating responsible investments in the Government Pension Fund Global (“Oil fund”).
She has previously worked 15 years in Norske Skogindustrier ASA and played a central role in several M&A processes. The last 5 years she was General Counsel. In addition to covering general business- and company law she was responsible for the company’s compliance programs and the training of these at sales offices and operating units.
Anne is a licensed solicitor with a law degree from the University of Oslo (specialized in Human Rights) and has an MBA from University College Dublin.

Asbjørn Torvanger will discuss the status of Green Bonds, the instrument's  contribution in terms of nudging society in a more sustainable and climate-friendly direction, and challenges for the instrument's continued growth and having significant effect on sustainability. A main challenge for branding and confidence building in Green Bonds is agreement on a more compact definition and common rules.

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Asbjørn Torvanger is a Senior Research Fellow, and has previously held the position of Research Director at CICERO. Formerly he has held positions at the Centre for Research in Economics and Business Administration and Statistics Norway. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Oslo. He has conducted research and published numerous journal articles on a variety of topics related to climate economics and policy design, more specifically emission trading and the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, global climate policy agreements, socioeconomic impacts of climate change, geological carbon storage, and policies to stimulate development of climate-friendly technologies. Over the last couple of years he has worked with green bonds and climate finance.

16.45 - 18.30

B2-045 / 1st floor
 
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Ruth Brännvall is the co-founder and CEO of Impact Invest Scandinavia. The organisation is an intermediary between business with positive societal impact and funders, and a learning platform for impact investing in the Nordics. Over the past years Ruth has worked primarily with projects and companies in under served markets. She helped Sida to set up the challenge fund ‘Innovations Against Poverty’, which she co-managed until end of 2013. Ruth’s background is in media and telecoms, working for Yahoo!, Orange and other global brands. Ruth holds degrees in journalism and economics, and an MBA from the Warwick Business School in England.

The presentation will focus on program related investment and how married with standard legal tools and the capital market innovation found  in Impact Investing can create a move to standardized tradeable collaborative outcome models with different payment to different stakeholders based on the achievement of tangible auditable social outcomes.
As a case study, Arthur will speak about Social Yield Notes - a SYN -  named after a Norse Goddess, currently developed by Total Impact Advisors, Accenture Development Partnerships, the Center for Universal Education at  Brookings and the Global Business Coalition for Education.

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Arthur is a Founding Partner of Total Impact Advisors. Our clients are the major Foundations, UN bodies and the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Over his career he has held senior positions in both "for profit" and "not for profit“ enterprises (the latter a term he passionately dislikes).
Arthur is a recognized innovator in social finance (http://bit.ly/of3jE9) and frequently invited to speak and write on innovative financing vehicles for social purposes.
Working with the worlds leading Social Entrepreneurs he has wide experience across many of the issues in the "social " space. As one of the Pioneers in the Impact Investing space since 2005 he is credited with Innovations profiled as best practice including with Deutsche Bank one of the first layered financing structures (The Eye Fund) noted as "one of the top twenty ideas in new philanthropy" by Fast Company Magazines and the Social Impact Bond - one of his current foci is now working with leading lawyers and consultants in  developing on that idea to create a move to full multi stakeholder outcome models. He believes the opportunities in Impact Investing are much larger than people think but that many of the challenges are Cultural rather than Financial.
Prior to his current roles with Total Impact Advisors he was a Leadership Group Member of Ashoka the world's largest supporter of social entrepreneurs. At Ashoka he was Global Head of Social Financial Services, serving four years in DC / New York and London. Arthur has been instrumental in encouraging and writing the business case for  major global finance firms (including JPM)  to enter the business of social investing in order to improve the way social capital is allocated and deployed. He is also deeply involved in the conceptualisation and creation of new legal hybrid structures including getting legislation passed  to encourage social investment - most notably the L3C in the US and the SELLP in the UK. He has and continues to advise a range of global  social entrepreneurs and civil society  on financing structures - an area Total Impact has christened Policy Finance , indeed with the leading Sanitation economist from the World Bank writing the first UN report on the move to Outcome Models and Impact Investing.
Prior to working in Impact Investing - Arthur worked for over 20 years on "the dark side" - Merill, Coutts , Kleinworts and held senior positions in Product Development and change management  - earlier in his career he also worked  as an institutional finance  specialist in US Aerospace Defence and Geopolitics where he witnessed the end of the Cold War.One of his desires now is to address the warming peace.   Arthur is a regular publisher (the Brutus Column)  and speaker at leading global academic institutions as well as industry forums on social finance. Married to a Norwegian  he has a BSc Hons - (Econ) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Italy) and HEC (France).

The largest African Lake is threatened by non-indigenous plants thus creating severe ecological, economic and social problems ("Sex for Fish" etc.). Numerous attempts have been started to clean it up without success. The collaboration between German engineers and the Kenyan government created a concept to clean up the lake and create social enterprises though harvesting and composting the plants. www.save-the-lake.org

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Dr. Rainer von Echlin focuses on the family assets, being (part-)owner and was recently board member of a Swiss private bank (now sold) and consulting to a few ultra-high-net-worth clients. Before that, he was at UBS Private Bank (Global Head of AI); earlier, with Salomon Brothers and Credit Suisse in Germany, Japan, London and Switzerland. The academics include a PhD. in Financial Economics, an MBA and a Masters in Engineering. Furthermore, he authored 50 publications and four books. He is international coordinator for the French-speaking projects of the Order of St John and is active in charitable (agricultural and medical) projects in Haiti and Lithuania - apart from Kenya, his main priority. And in private life, his Norwegian wife has top priority.

The presentation will focus on the Partners for Change (PfC) method:

  • To bring together the experience and skills of successful social entrepreneurs, NGOs, businesses, and government aid organizations and utilize their specific expertise to deliver robust, pioneering projects which create lasting social change
  • From the Field: Case studies from Myanmar
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Tonje Kulseng-Hanssen is Executive Director of the foundation Partnership for Change. With business experience from IT and payment infrastructure, she is currently focusing on supporting local social and business entrepreneurs in developing countries through the PfC foundation.
Kulseng-Hanssen holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

16.45 - 18.30

B2-060 / 1st floor
 
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Emma Henningsson is Director of CDP Nordic, a not-for-profit supporting business and investment decisions through the provision of relevant environmental information.
Emma is passionate about the development of forward-looking KPIs for corporate climate performance and in supporting investor engagement on environmental issues.

Climate change is very real and the cost continues to increase and as an investor you do need to take that into account.
How can investors be more prudent in their investments?

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Anette Andersson is working as a Fund Manager and ESG Investment Specialist at SEB Wealth Management with 158 bn Euros under management. She has more than 20 years of experience for the financial industry. Since 2006 she has been working with Swedish equity-funds specializing in sustainable investments.
SEB was founded 1856 and is one of the largest Swedish banks presence  in 20 countries. The Green Bond concept was developed in 2007/2008 by SEB and the World Bank as a response to increased investor demand for engagement in climate-related opportunities.

 

 

Increasingly, investors are aware that every Euro invested either finances or combats climate change. Identifying climate-related investment risk and opportunities, positioning towards stakeholders and gaining/ retaining clients are just a few of the business reasons why asset owners and asset managers measure and manage their investments’ effect on the global climate.
While a Portfolio Carbon Footprint allows for greenhouse gas emission accounting at a point in time, a forward-looking Climate Impact Assessment helps understand how a portfolio is positioned towards the risks and opportunities of climate change.

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Max is partner at the South Pole Group, a global leader in measuring and reducing climate impact.
In just 8 years, the company helped its clients reducing over 50 million tonnes of CO2, triggered over EUR 6bn investments into renewable energy projects, and enabled the creation of 20’000 jobs in developing countries.
In 2010, Max pioneered the leading methodology for climate impact assessments of investment portfolios. It became the backbone of the largest database on company emissions GHG in the market, feeding into multiple investment analysis tools and services. Clients include some of the world’s leading asset managers and institutional investors such as pension plans, foundations and trusts, as well as private banks and research institutions. The solution is also available via Bloomberg Terminals and via YourSRI.com to investors.
Max currently leads the two EU funded GHG financial accounting projects and is engaged in several industry organisations dealing with GHG accounting, including the “2 degree investment initiative”. He frequently publishes on the topic.
Prior to starting CNI, Max worked in equity and fixed income research capacities as well as in business development with Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Geneva and London.
In his past, Max was an academic researcher and worked with a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge/ UK.

In 2008, we adjusted our portfolio to climate change. The presentation will address the following questions: - Why? - How did we do it? - Was performance affected? - In 2014, we made a climate impact analysis of its Swedish holdings. What was the results?

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Gunnela Hahn is Head of RI at the Church of Sweden since six years, where she has built up and continuously developed the RI structures and content, not least the climate adjustment of the overall portfolio. Previously she worked eight years as an RI analyst at Folksam Insurance Group. She was one of the founders of Swesif, the Swedish Sustainable Investment Forum, and served for many years at the board. She has also been at the board of Ekobanken. In the past, Gunnela worked as an environmental consultant for private companies as well as various public institutions. Since ten years she serves on the board of a major public health care provider. Her educational background is in international economics and business administration with environmental specialization, and science.

Thu, 11 Sep 14 (Day 1  )  

08.00

C1 Foyer / Ground floor

09.15 - 09.20

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Although born in Brooklyn, New York, Robert Rubinstein is a longtime resident of The Netherlands. So, back in 1999, when he founded a company to introduce the then-radical concept of sustainable investing, it seemed only natural to name it after his distant former hometown: Brooklyn Bridge – Connections to the Future B.V. (BB). The concept behind this company was the introduction of TBLI – Triple Bottom Line Investing. From its early days, the aim of this small company was and is unabashedly global: It seeks nothing less than to reeducate the financial world. TBLI is a concept that Rubinstein pioneered, which puts forward the notion that a truly sound investment is one that provides, not just financial rewards, but social and environmental ones, too. With success, since the concept has now become a household name in the financial world.

9.20 - 9.50

B1-020 / groundfloor
 
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Frederic Hauge founded Bellona in 1986, at the age of twenty. Trough academic work, legal action and non-violent activism, Bellona has changed the opinion and set the agenda on environmental issues in Norway for almost three decades.
The work of the Bellona Foundation has led to concrete changes in environmental policy and awareness among political and business leaders, both in Norway and internationally. Hauge was in 2007 elected Vice Chairman of the European Commission's Technology Platform for CO2 sequestration (ZEP). The same year TIME Magazine named him "Hero of The Environment".
In 2009 Frederic Hauge became a board member of the EU Biofuel Platform (EBTP), and he became one of the founding partners of the Sahara Forest Project. In 2010 he took a leading international role in exploring the possibilities of combining biomass and carbon capture and storage (CCS), through the creation of JointTaskForce. In 2011 he was asked to be one of the 12 personal advisors to the EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger on the extensive EU Energy Roadmap 2050.
In 2012 Frederic Hauge launched the company Ocean Forest.

09.50 - 10.50

B1-020 / Ground floor
 
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Anne Jorun Aas is a partner at SIGLA, a consultancy firm specialized on sustainability and the role of business in society.  She has previously been responsible for Strategy and Organization of Scatec Solar, a company that develops, builds, operates and owns photovoltaic solar assets. She joined Scatec Solar from a position as COO in its parent company, Scatec AS.
Prior to Scatec, she spent seven years at McKinsey and Company.  Anne Jorun is the chairman of ENERGIX, one of the largest programmes of the Norwegian Research Council, providing ~400MNOK pr year on renewable energy research, and holds Board Positions at ELTEK ASA, a listed global electronics company, Energi 21 (Norway's national strategy for the energy sector, mandated from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) and Kjeller Innovasjon, a research incubator.
Anne Jorun holds a PhD in nuclear Chemistry from the University of Oslo/University of Uppsala, Sweden and CERN, Geneva.

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Anne Mieke van der Werf (Director Energy & Climate) is responsible for the management of the business line Energy & Climate and fulfils the Fund Manager position ad interim.
She is RBA certified (CFA eq.) with large experience in business development, corporate and project financing and institutional investments. Before joining Triodos Investment Management (2012), she worked on renewable energy project evaluations, divestments of several companies, financial and resource planning for both corporations and non-profit organizations.
Anne Mieke worked a.o. at ING and Shell and holds a master degree in macro economics from University Maastricht

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Bjørn Kj. Haugland is Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer in the DNV GL Group and he has been reporting directly to DNV GL Group CEO since 2008. He started his career in DNV in 1991 and has held various management positions in Norway and abroad.
Haugland worked in Korea from 1995 – 1997, and was from 2004 to 2008 responsible for DNV’s operation in the Greater China region. Haugland is today on the board of Forum for Environmental Technology (FFM), StormGeo, NORNER and Germanischer Lloyd SE.
He is also a one of the founders and board members of SUSTAINIA, a global collaborative platform for building a model and vision for a sustainable future. Haugland is responsible for Corporate Sustainability in DNV GL Group and Chairman of the Group’s Corporate Sustainability Board. 


Haugland has a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture – Marine Structures and Hydrodynamics – from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

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Stephen Rumsey is Chairman of Permian Global, an investment firm pioneering climate mitigation through forest protection and recovery.
Stephen was formerly investment manager for Postel, one of the biggest pension funds in Europe. He then designed and ran for eight years the debt markets business for BZW (since re-named Barclays Capital). Subsequently he built a business for Merrill Lynch, before designing and managing an innovative asset management business which grew from zero to $30 billion in six years before being sold to Wachovia/Wells Fargo in 2007.
Stephen is a life-long environmental conservationist who grew up in West Africa; he has served on the board of a number of non-profit organisations and was Deputy Chairman of Birdlife International, a global partnership of conservation NGOs.
He lives on an organic farm on the south coast of England where he has developed his own nature reserve over the last thirty years. Further afield, he has been particularly involved with tropical forest projects in Brazil, West Africa and South-east Asia.

10.50 - 10.55

B1-020 / Ground floor
 

The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest Cleantech business competition and accelerator program. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.
The Cleantech Open has helped alumni contestants raise more than $800 million, creating an estimated 2,500 green collar jobs.

http://www2.cleantechopen.org/

 

 

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Tim Hoffman is an experienced consulting and investment banking professional.
For over 18 years he has provided strategic and M&A advisory, capital raising, and financial modeling services for large corporations, family-run firms, renewable energy developers, middle market companies and early stage enterprises. Tim is currently a Managing Director with Watts Capital, LLC, a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer based in New York City. Tim’s affiliation with Watts Capital enables him to raise capital for and provide M&A advisory services to renewable energy and cleantech companies.
Tim is also a Managing Director at Green Owl Advisers, which provides financial and strategic consulting services to renewable energy and cleantech companies. He is currently the NYC Metro Director for and National Board Member of the Cleantech Open, where he was awarded National Mentor of the Year 2012, Northeast Volunteer of the Year 2013 and National Volunteer of the Year 2013. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA and as a mentor in PowerBridgeNY.
Prior to joining Watts Capital, Tim was a Managing Director and a member of the Alternative Energy and Cleantech team at Scott-Macon, Ltd. Previously, Tim was a Senior VP with Natixis Bleichroeder, Inc., where he advised on a significant number of cross-border transactions involving European companies.
Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. Tim later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.

10.55 - 11.20

C1 Foyer / Ground floor

11.45 - 13.30

C1 - 050 / ground floor
 
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Dr. Willums is the Chairman and founder of InSpire Invest. Previously, he held senior management positions in Storebrand, Norway's largest financial sector company, Saga Petroleum and Volvo Petroleum, and chaired two of the earliest venture capital and investment companies in Norway in the 1980's. In 1990, he was appointed to head the Energy and Environment Office of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, and Secretary General of the Industry Forum at the Rio Earth Summit, Brazil in 1992, where he was cofounder and became Executive Director of WICE, the World Industry Council for the Environment. WICE later merged to become the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, where he was a director until 1998. Dr. Willums is Professor at the Norwegian School of Management, and board member of the Center for Corporate Citizenship. He is on the Advisory Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and of the World Bank Institute, and member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of the World Bank Corporate Governance Forum. Dr. Willums holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Institute of Technology and a Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Tim Hoffman is an experienced consulting and investment banking professional. 

For over 18 years he has provided strategic and M&A advisory, capital raising, and financial modeling services for large corporations, family-run firms, renewable energy developers, middle market companies and early stage enterprises. Tim is currently a Managing Director with Watts Capital, LLC, a FINRA and SIPC member broker-dealer based in New York City. Tim’s affiliation with Watts Capital enables him to raise capital for and provide M&A advisory services to renewable energy and cleantech companies. 

Tim is also a Managing Director at Green Owl Advisers, which provides financial and strategic consulting services to renewable energy and cleantech companies. He is currently the NYC Metro Director for and National Board Member of the Cleantech Open, where he was awarded National Mentor of the Year 2012, Northeast Volunteer of the Year 2013 and National Volunteer of the Year 2013. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSERDA and as a mentor in PowerBridgeNY. 

Prior to joining Watts Capital, Tim was a Managing Director and a member of the Alternative Energy and Cleantech team at Scott-Macon, Ltd. Previously, Tim was a Senior VP with Natixis Bleichroeder, Inc., where he advised on a significant number of cross-border transactions involving European companies. 

 

Tim is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned two B.A. degrees and spent one year studying at Universität Hamburg. Tim later earned an M.A.E. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and holds Series 7, 79 and 63 securities licenses.

Xerion Advanced Battery Corp is a development-phase company that is developing ultra-high power, very fast charging batteries for cost-effective production.  These batteries are based upon a porous, nanostructured electrode structure, which is demonstrated to provide improvements, including up to 40x higher power density, 15x faster recharge, 20% higher energy density, improved safety and cycle life, and up to a 35% reduction in total cost.  This disruptive combination of properties has the potential to make electric vehicles as practical as internal combustion powered vehicles.

Dr. Busbee is co-Founder and CEO of Xerion Advanced Battery Corp, a technical startup that is developing a nanostructured electrode architecture for commercializing a very fast-charging, high power battery.  Previously, he served for almost 20 years in various research, programmatic and managerial positions in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), including serving most recently as Program Manager of Nanotechnology.  In this capacity, Dr. Busbee funded and coordinated multi-disciplinary programs to develop and manufacture new nanostructured materials.  He also served as a founding member of Air Force Working Group for Nanotechnology with coordination responsibility between the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative.  He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cella Energy is an advanced materials and technologies company with first-mover advantage in safe, low-cost hydrogen storage technology. Cella’s long term goal is to produce a new source of low-emission transport fuel whose ease of use and cost is competitive with fossil fuels.

In the near term, Cella’s technology will add hydrogen to diesel engines to enable them to meet strict emissions standards, and provide power packs for small unmanned aircraft with three times the energy for a given weight compared to batteries. In the mid- term Cella is targeting applications such as forklifts and hybrid battery / fuel cell buses. Hydrogen is the future of clean power and transport. Fuel cells convert hydrogen to electricity and pure water, allowing cars and trucks to run with improved range but no harmful emissions. Hydrogen also stores surplus renewable energy so it is not wasted. Transport today represents a quarter of CO2 emissions and air pollution from diesel vehicles is a serious health risk, so the potential benefits of hydrogen are huge. www.cellaenergy.com

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Kevin is Chief Operating Officer at Cella. He is in charge of the Company’s day-to-day operations as well as managing projects leading to prototype applications using Cella’s material. 

Kevin previously spent 18 years with QinetiQ where he served in various positions  including business manager of the fuel cell and battery group, and latterly as COO of the Energy Division, an investment division created within QinetiQ to commercialize defense technology into products for energy markets. 

As COO, Kevin managed a team of over 100 people and was responsible for a £20m per annum business turnover.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Southampton. He is a member of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer.

The presentaiton will focus on:

  • The Renewable Low Carbon Society - Demand Side Management
  • Automatic purchasing machine for consumers
  • The ability to choose analog to all other industries selling consumer goods through chain stores
  • Demand / Response
  • Transferring the “Renewable price premium to energy producing co-owners”
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Founder & CEO of XTN Group/Strategisk Forretningsutvikling AS • Working with Demand Side Management in the Energy Industry • A professional engineer from Purdue University, Ind., USA. • A serial entrepreneur previously founded companies within:

(1) Proactive Intelligent Video Surveillance to Railways and Airports in Norway; 

(2) Games on Demand to consumers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. • Matured through the management ladder of large companies like Exxon, Norsk Hydro. 

One of five that founded the oil & gas division in Norsk Hydro • A major in the Norwegian Armed Forces having served as an Intelligent Officer / Liaisson Officer to the Prime Ministers Office and/or Chief of Police, having held the highest security clearance.

The presentation will describe a simple vehicle for:

  • Solving "the last Mile Problem" for the roadless farmer, giving market access without building costly roads
  • Producing electricity and mechanical power
  • Doing light agricultural work
  • Using locally produced fuel (PPO)
  • Emergency transport already deployed in case of disaster
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Graduate from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1970. Department of Civil Engineering /Transportation. Svein Olaf since worked with freight transport and logistics both as a private consultant and researcher at Institute of Transport Economy, Norway. 

He has been engaged in several international projects, particularely in Africa. Svein Olaf has patented several technical solutions for special containers and combined transports. Particularely, he has developed a selfcontrolling filling- and emptying solution for interconnected railway tankcars. The patents were sold to Amercan leasing firm GATX.

Over the years, Svein Olaf has developed a concept for a terrain vehicle for roadless agricultural areas in developing countries based on electric-hybrid technology. The vehicle will produce houshold electricity and fullfill UNDP and World Bank requirements to a "Multifunctional Platform".

Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC) was founded in 2009 explicitly to pursue a market based solution to stopping deforestation and curbing climate change, known as REDD+.

WWC protects threatened forests by getting forest communities and governments to agree to stop deforesting in return for investments that allow them to pursue a green development path. WWC’s field teams work closely with local communities to help them leverage our investments to create forest friendly jobs, to improve their agricultural output, to develop non-forest fuel sources, and to dramatically improve access to health and education. 

WWC earns millions of tons of Verified Emission Reductions(VERs) for successfully stopping deforestation, and these VERs are then sold internationally to produce a return on our investments.

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In 1986, Mike co-founded and built one of the leading management consulting companies in the U.S., Axiom Management Consulting, which was successfully sold in 1995 to Cambridge Technology Partners (Novell), a NASDAQ company. 

During a trip to Kenya in 1996, Mike learned about the conflict that existed between wildlife and rural communities. This experience caused him to think about effective ways to solve this problem and ultimately led him to developing a plan that would protect wildlife in a direct and unique way; by providing people in wildlife rich areas with sustainable economic alternatives to poaching and slash and burn agriculture. 

Mike founded Wildlife Works in 1997 on the principle that the needs of wildlife must be balanced with the need for work for those local communities who share their environment with wildlife. 

He established the Wildlife Works conservation area Rukinga Sanctuary in South East Kenya. At the base of the Rukinga Sanctuary Mike built an eco-factory to produce casual apparel. Over 100 jobs were created from the conservation efforts and the eco-factory and over time the wildlife populations began to increase and flourish. 

In 2008, in response to new developments with the United Nation’s REDD initiative, where carbon markets could have a role in financing forest conservation, Mike launched a Wildlife Works Carbon LLC, to pursue more rapid expansion of the Wildlife Works Conservation model through the sale of REDD carbon credits.

Mike is a Canadian citizen who when not traveling to the threatened forests of the world, is a resident of Northern California. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University, England.

Mobisol – a Berlin-based renewable energy service provider – has developed an innovative concept combining solar energy, affordable payment plan via mobile phone, comprehensive customer service and innovative remote monitoring technology. 

The solar home systems (SHS) are micro-financed based on a 36-month payment scheme offering an affordable, high-quality and clean alternative to fossil energies with the possibility to pay for the systems in instalments. Currently, Mobisol operates in Tanzania and Rwanda and has electrified more than 7,000 off-grid households to date. The inclusion of mobile money allows to, over time, pay off the system effectively and increases the affordability of the SHS. 

Mobisol’s SHS’s are offered in different sizes ranging from 30W to 200W to match the varying electricity needs and payment abilities of different customer groups.

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Thomas Gottschalk is the Managing Director and founder of Mobisol, a Berlin-based energy service company. Mobisol has been focusing on designing, developing and delivering a business solution to electrify people living in rural off-grid regions. Thomas Gottschalk is a visionary entrepreneur, who has a sound background in renewable energies (Master/Dipl-Ing. in Renewable Energy Engineering), implemented solar thermal systems in Egypt and found what the world is still missing during his 18 months drive around the world with the “Solartaxi”. When he is not traveling to meet business partners in Africa and Asia, Thomas Gottschalk lives and works in Berlin.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt-status Litus Foundation was formed to help slow global warming and to adapt to it. Many recent climate change reports establish that, unless greenhouse gas emissions are quickly and radically cut, we face a very hazardous future. The focus of the Litus Foundation is on helping birth new technologies that can be quickly implemented to reduce greenhouse gases. 

Up to 60 % of man-made CO2 is said to come from all internal combustion (IC) engines. For over 130 years, every time a piston engine has run, 30% to 50% of fuel energy has been dissipated through water- or air-based cooling systems and general radiation. This waste should not continue. 

As a first major project, the Litus Foundation is supporting the development of extreme-efficiency uncooled engines, for all applications and fuels. They do not yet exist. According to the Sandia Combustion Laboratory, no one else is working on them; people are not aware that they are possible. Uncooled engines would reduce current energy use, operating costs and CO2 emissions by half or more; be two to ten times lighter and smaller; nearly silent; and more reliable. 

Once available, long-life uncooled engines, with production costs roughly equivalent to today’s, would replace cooled engines within fifteen years, reducing total man-made CO2 by up to 35%. During a transition to uncooled, the global engine market will be worth much more than today’s over $350 Billion annually. Halved fuel use will make oil and gas reserves last longer. Uncooled engines seem inevitable.

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Mitja Hinderks is the founder of the Litus Foundation and inventor of many of the concepts which are the core of the engine project. He is the Foundation’s temporary CEO, and Head of Project Research & Design. In addition to extensive work on un-cooled and cooled engines, his mechanical activity includes research and patenting of high-temperature exhaust emission systems, low back-pressure mufflers, and new-generation band brakes for high-load applications. 

Recent research and design on CVT's with no power limitation, hybrid electric drives, advanced vehicles, hybrid-drive aircraft, and hydrofoil marine craft are published in his US and international patents. In the late 1980's he consulted for the Champion spark plug company on applications for ceramic materials in engines. 

Trained as an architect, major projects included a 1,000-bed teaching hospital, the refurbishments of DC's Union Station and Press Club Building; design development of Frank Gehry's LA Walt Disney Concert Hall. He was briefly a photographer, with pictures on the 70's London scene soon to be published in books, including by Taschen. He studied mathematics, physics, chemistry, the environment and mechanical engineering with the Open University in England. 

Previously, after matriculating, he studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and later at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London. He has a good knowledge of German, Swedish, French, and Dutch, and maintains an interest in the arts and sciences. He holds dual US and UK citizenship.

11.20 - 13.10

C2-030 / 1st floor
 
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Emma Henningsson is Director of CDP Nordic, a not-for-profit supporting business and investment decisions through the provision of relevant environmental information.
Emma is passionate about the development of forward-looking KPIs for corporate climate performance and in supporting investor engagement on environmental issues.

 

 

 

The key talking for the presentation will be:

  • Describe and explain carbon risks Present options for investors to reduce their exposure to carbon risks
  • Share the key findings of the latest clients consultation MSCI conducted with regards to Low Carbon and Fossil Fuel Indexes.
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Véronique Menou is Head of Thematic Investing within MSCI ESG Research.
Her role consists in developing, maintaining and enhancing methodologies for thematic research products including screening and indexes. She is also spearheading the development of Custom ESG Indexes.
Ms Menou started her career with Innovest in Paris in 2004 and then moved to Toronto where she was the sector leader for the healthcare industry and the project manager for the first Access to Medicines Index.
She then joined the SRI research team at Natixis Asset Management in Paris where she was the lead analyst for the energy and healthcare sectors. She was also the project manager for the first Access to Nutrition Index published in March 2013.

Ms Menou holds a master degree in international affairs from Bordeaux School of Management. During her studies she worked for one year in India for both a microcredit program and a development project in agriculture.

Global challenges requires new business models, and it is of particular importance to reduce fossil fuel dependency.
How can we go about this challenge?

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Meisingset is in her 10th year as Head of Sustainability Research at leading Nordic pensions provider Storebrand, totalling 60 bn EUR in assets under management. Her eight-strong team of experts monitor and analyse approx. 3 500 companies in both developed and emerging markets.
In 2011, Storebrand was awarded Sustainable Asset Owner of the Year by Financial Times and the IFC. Meisingset is Portfolio Manager for the flagship fund Storebrand Trippel Smart, investing in 100 top sustainability performers across sectors.
Her academic background includes a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering (BEng) from Agder University College, a Master in Environmental Strategy (MSc) from the University of Surrey as well as an MBA in Management Control from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Previous professional experience includes environmental consulting and ESG analysis. She is also a board member at the Norwegian Board of Technology and Norsif.

11.20 - 13.10

C2-055 / 1st floor
 
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Daniela is the Founder and Chairman of Topan (www.topan.ch) with its headquarter in Switzerland and Partnerships in Switzerland, Europe, North- and South America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has gained globally an extensive experience in the Triple-E™ business consulting and project investment space over the last 3 years offering a toolbox of best in class expertise in strategic advisory, financial engineering, technological innovation and legal support together with her partners aligned with the Triple-E™ principles. Before founding Topan she has been in an executive role with a leading asset manager who is also positioned in the Social Responsible Investing Universe working in alignment with ESG. She has over 15 years international experience in commodity trading, investment consulting, institutional client relations, management coaching and human resources management. She sits on the board of an affiliate of a globally leading provider of green investment expertise and climate neutral & water services and is Chairman of Charitable Trust. Daniela holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen and an MBA from the University of Zurich.
She is a certified management coach and brings to the consortium a wealth of experience in managing start-ups and building organisational systems from scratch around people and technologies aiming for scalability.
She is a finalist of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award 2014 and is a certified member of UnitedSucces the worldwide network of woman business owners. She is fluent in German, English, Spanish and proficient in French and Italian.

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Pravin leads the management of OpalCrest’s global business.
Pravin has spent the last sixteen years of his career focused in Agriculture and Energy Trading. He started in the Petroleum business focused on Middle Distillates and later moved to trading Agriculture Commodities.
Before founding OpalCrest, Pravin worked at various institutions including Reliance Industries, ADM, Deutsche Bank, Rabobank and most recently at Citigroup, where he headed their Agriculture Derivatives trading desk in London.

Throughout his professional life, Pravin has established a broad array of strong client relationships by living and doing business across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Pravin lives between London and New York.
He received a Masters Degree from Harvard University, USA and a Bachelors Degree from Anna University, India.

- How can investors integrate ESG factors in their investment decision-making
- Examples of how ESG issues in the supply chain play a role in this process
- Case studies for the approach ING Asset Management takes

- How ESG risks in the supply chain are relevant to investors
- How these risks can be analysen
- Examples of good practice & bad practice related to different industries

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Tal advises institutional investors in the Benelux and Nordic regions, South-Africa, and United Kingdom on their responsible investment strategies. He has worked with numerous investors to help them develop their responsible investment policies, build bespoke financial analysis models, and implement ESG integration tools. Previously, he worked as an in-house finance specialist at a Dutch water treatment and control company. Tal regularly speaks at conferences on responsible investment and is currently involved in a study on the financial impact of responsible investment strategies. Tal holds a master's degree in business administration from Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and participated in university exchange programs at Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) and Cornell University (United States). Tal speaks fluent Dutch, English, and Spanish.

11.20 - 13.10

B2-040 / 1st floor
 
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Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver), a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Studies (Boston University) and a PhD in Leadership and Organization (BI Norwegian Business School).
Ditlev-Simonsen has international and comprehensive business and organizational experience in the areas of corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship and environmental and ethical issues.
Previous work experience includes Project Manager, World Industry Council for the Environment, New York; Executive Officer, Norwegian Pollution Control Authority; Advisor, Kværner ASA and Vice President, Head of Community Contact, Storebrand ASA.
She has varied board experience and was a board member of WWF-Norway (World Wide Fund for Nature) from 2002 - 2008.Ditlev-Simonsen is also Co-Director at the BI Centre for Corporate Responsibility www.bi.no/ccr and Associate Dean for Customised program.

Research areas: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), non-financial reporting, attitudes, behavior, change, leadership and communication. Her paper "From corporate social responsibility awareness to action?" was chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence 2011.
Teaching areas: Ditlev-Simonsen teaches CSR at Master level classes, and is responsible for the CSR module of the BI-Fudan University MBA program in Shanghai, China. In addition, she lectures and gives courses in CSR for corporations and organizations.

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Carlota is EIRIS Global Head of Research.
EIRIS is an international independent agency delivering ESG research to responsible investors for over 30 years. Carlota provides research solutions to large institutional investors and international development agencies. Carlota leads EIRIS’ research and product pipeline with particular emphasis on new methodology development, sector expertise and knowledge management.
Carlota has spearheaded the development of EIRIS’ methodology for the assessment of water risks, EIRIS fixed income offerings and areas of responsible finance. Besides her role as leader for content development, Carlota also provides managerial direction to the research team with over 40 researchers and partners globally. As senior manager, she provides strategic advice to the CEO and EIRIS Board of directors.
Carlota has a long-term involvement with the GRI, extending to more than ten years. Since 2012, Carlota serves as a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council providing strategic direction to its Board.
Carlota has previously been involved as a working group member for the review of the G4 DMA and before for the development of the UNEP-FI/GRI sector supplement for the financial industry.

Carlota holds MSc degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Economics. In spring 2014, she completed a course on business strategy with Darden School of Business’ MOOC. And in summer 2014, she was selected amongst 300 candidates as one of 45 leaders on UCLA’s W50 Women Board Members of Tomorrow leadership program.

The contribution will focus on:

  • Introduction to the PRI reporting framework – aims and objectives
  • Some initial findings from the first year of the new Reporting Framework, including some discussion of how investors tell us they use company data
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Alyssa manages the PRI’s annual Reporting and Assessment process. The new Reporting Framework, launched in October 2013, required almost 800 PRI signatories to disclose their implementation of the Principles publicly for the first time.

Before joining PRI, Alyssa worked at CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) where she was responsible for the scoring team. She holds a BA in Physics (Mansfield College, University of Oxford) and an MSc in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Climate Physics (University of Reading).

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Melanie Brooks is a Senior Analyst working with Responsible Investment at Folketrygdfondet, manager of the Government Pension Fund Norway, where she has been employed since 2009. She is also a Board member of Norsif, the Norwegian Forum for Responsible and Sustainable Investment.

Melanie has previously worked with responsible investment and ESG analysis at Société Générale in Paris, France. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, an M.Sc. in International Development from Universitetet for miljø- og biovitenskap and a Post-graduate Diploma in Financial Strategy from Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

In order for ESG reporting to be of value to the reader, it should be clearly targeted at meeting the information needs of key stakeholder groups.
Increasingly, investors are requesting information related to ESG factors. Investors are however a diverse stakeholder group, and their information need will therefore vary based on factors such as investment strategy, mandate, investment horizon, and motivation for ESG integration.

Hanne will share knowledge of developing ESG reporting that meets investors and other stakeholders’ expectations, providing insights and case studies from work with Private Equity and institutional investors.
This will include insights from working with Kohlberg Kravis, Roberts & Co (KKR), the world’s largest private equity fund, and from working with other PE funds in the Nordics.
Hanne will also explain how Bank of America has, together with EY, developed metrics to understand and quantify the benefits to the environment of its environmental activities.

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Hanne is the sustainability services leader in EY Norway and is a subject matter expert within the area of responsible investment, and ESG related strategy, stakeholder engagement and reporting.
She has supported several global and Nordic private equity houses in the development of approaches to responsible investments and ESG management.
This includes working with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) to develop their responsible investment approach and ESG reports, as well as supporting one of the world’s largest pension funds.

Hanne also has experience from stakeholder engagement and ESG reporting for small to medium sized PE portfolio companies, as well as for large multinationals such as Telenor, Posten Norge, and Marine Harvest.
Hanne also has previous experience from the consultancy and standard body AccountAbility in London, where she assisted global enterprises such as General Electric, Alcoa, Nestle and Coca Cola Company.