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08:00 - 09:10

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09:10 - 10:30

09:10 - 10:30

Plenary: Climate and nature: where are we now, and what action can investors take?

09:10 - 10:30

We are facing a planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, which presents physical, transition and systemic risk for investors. The net zero transition is now more urgent than ever if we are to stabilize maximum warming at 1.5C by 2100. Limiting global warming is also important for halting and reversing biodiversity loss. This session will review the current state of the net-zero emissions transition, including the latest scientific understanding of delayed action, the forces driving shifts in the energy system, as well as the increasing imperative to reduce emissions and build climate resilience through the conservation and restoration of nature. How can investors sharpen their net zero strategies based on the latest science on delayed climate action? How can they think about nature in accelerating their net zero transition and building resilience to climate impacts? What actions should they prioritise now?

Tony Goldner, Executive Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
Yoshio Hishida, President and CEO, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Managementk
Jan Rasmussen, Head of ESG and Sustainability, PensionDanmark
Professor Jim Skea, Chair, IPCC
Kenichi Ueyama, Vice President, KAO Corporation
Heather Wright, Vice President, Markets, Markets Institute, WWF

Moderator: Tamsin Ballard, Chief Investor Initiatives and Collaboration Officer, PRI

10:30 - 11:15

10:30 - 11:15

11:15 - 12:15

11:15 - 12:15

1A: Transition plans in practice

11:15 - 12:15

Ben Caldecott

Trista Chen

Herry Cho

Alex Michie

This session will bring investors up to speed on the latest thinking on climate transition plans. It will showcase practical examples of how investors have approached transition planning – including how they are incorporating nature and social issues – and outline some of the frameworks, tools and guidance available to those just getting started.

Ben Caldecott, Visiting Professor, Wealth Management Institute
Trista Chen, Head of Investment Stewardship Asia (ex Japan), Legal & General Investment Management
Herry Cho, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange

Moderator: Alex Michie, Head of GFANZ Secretariat, GFANZ

1B: Measuring what matters: assessing stewardship on human rights through Advance and beyond

11:15 - 12:15

Hisako Furuta

Anne Lindsay

Kirstine Lund Christiansen

Sophie Robinson-Tillet

Rob Wilson

Hisako Furuta, Investment Manager, Resona Asset Management
Anne Lindsay, Responsible Investment Coordinator, International Transport Workers’ Federation
Rob Wilson, Global Director of ESG Integration, MFS Investment Management
Kirstine Lund Christiansen, Head of ESG, P+, Pension for Academics

Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillet, Journalist, Senior Associate, Public & Third Sector Academy for Sustainable Finance, University of Oxford

1C: Academic Network Conference: Climate risks and investing

11:15 - 12:15

Darwin Choi

Matilde Faralli

Caroline Flammer

Andy Howard

Hao Liang

Kelly Shue

Martin Skancke

This session will present the following papers:

•  Counterproductive Sustainable Investing: The Impact Elasticity of Brown and Green Firms
•  What Drives Beliefs about Climate Risks? Evidence from Financial Analysts

For more information visit the dedicated Academic Network Conference page.

Darwin Choi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Associate Professor
Matilde Faralli, Imperial College London
Andy Howard, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Schroders
Hao Liang, Ho Bee Professorship in Sustainability Management, Associate Professor of Finance, Co-Director, Singapore Management University, and ECGI
Kelly Shue, Professor of Finance, Yale University and NBER
Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI

Session Chair: Caroline Flammer, Columbia University, NBER, and ECGI

1D: ESG and financial analysis, forecasts and valuation in listed equity: discussing leading practice

11:15 - 12:15

Michal Bartek

Mary Jane McQuillen

Vesa Syrjäläinen

Focusing on a case study, this workshop-style session will take the audience through identification and materiality assessment of ESG factors and their integration into company analysis, forecasts and valuation.

Mary Jane McQuillen, Managing Director, Head of ESG and Portfolio Manager, ClearBridge Investments
Vesa Syrjäläinen, Development Manager, Responsible Investment, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Moderator: Michal Bartek, Senior Lead, Listed Equity, PRI

1E: Delegate dialogue Responsible investors as system actors: what are the pathways for systemic impact?*

11:15 - 12:15

Rick Alexander

William Burckart

Emma Henningsson

John Hoeppner

Zak May

Brynn O'Brien

Susheela Peres da Costa

Nao Sudo

This highly interactive discussion will address the challenges and opportunities of investors harnessing system-level levers. Speakers and delegates will exchange insights on how to define system-level responsible investment practice, how to measure systemic change, and the resources and capacities required.

Emma Henningsson, Manager, Active Ownership, Seventh Swedish Pension Fund (AP7)
John Hoeppner, Head of US Stewardship and Sustainable Investments, Legal & General Investment Management America
Zak May, Executive Director - Strategy and Policy, IFM Investors

Moderator: Susheela Peres da Costa, Independent Consultant, The Stewardship Centre
Provocateur: Rick Alexander, CEO, The Shareholder Commons
Provocateur: William Burckart, CEO, The Investment Integration Project (TIIP)
Provocateur: Brynn O'Brien, Executive Director, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR)
Provocateur: Nao Sudo, Director, Impact Frontiers

1F: Driving capital flows to emerging markets

11:15 - 12:15

Hélène Champollion

Tatsuro Iwahashi

Eric Nietsch

Juan Luis Rivera

Emily Woodland

This workshop will take a practical look at some of the barriers to investment in emerging markets, and how investors can leverage Multilateral Development Bank reforms and innovative funding models to overcome them. Through a case study of a Just Energy Transition Partnership, delegates will leave with a clear understanding of the opportunities available.

Tatsuro Iwahashi, Deputy Director - Private Sector Investment Finance Division, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Eric Nietsch, Head of Sustainable Investing, Asia, Manulife Investment Management
Juan Luis Rivera, Partner, Patria Investments
Emily Woodland, APAC Head of Sustainable and Transition Solutions, BlackRock

Moderator: Hélène Champollion, CEO, Look Up

12:15 - 13:45

12:15 - 13:45

13:45 - 14:45

13:45 - 14:45

2A: Credible pathways to 1.5C? Translating the latest net zero transition scenarios into investor strategy

13:45 - 14:45

Daniel Gallagher

Alvin Low

Martin Skancke

Sven Teske

Jakob Thomä

Danielle Welsh-Rose

Delayed action on the climate crisis has led us to veer dangerously close to exceeding 1.5C of warming this century. In this advanced session, experts will examine two new investor-focused climate transition scenarios informed by the science on delayed action. Leading investors will share insights from their different strategic approaches to navigating the reality of delayed action on the climate crisis, including on how credible action can be implemented in relation to net zero transition, nature-related risks, and carbon removals.

Alvin Low, Director, Macro Strategy, Temasek International
Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI
Sven Teske, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Jakob Thomä, Project Director, Inevitable Policy Response (IPR)
Danielle Welsh-Rose, Head of Sustainability Investment Specialists and APAC Sustainability, abrdn

Moderator: Daniel Gallagher, Head, Climate Technical Guidance, PRI

2B: Using data across the investment chain to drive sustainability outcomes in private markets

13:45 - 14:45

Dewi Dylander

James Magor

Jose Antonio Millan Ruano

Ben Morley

Reporting practices in private asset classes are now well-established, but is there a clear view across the investment chain of which data is decision-useful, and how it is used? This panel will discuss how LPs can use the data they get from GPs and portfolio companies most effectively to drive sustainability outcomes.

Dewi Dylander, Deputy Executive Director, PKA
James Magor, Director, Sustainability, Actis
Jose Antonio Millan Ruano, CEO, Nozomi Energy

Moderator: Ben Morley, Partner and Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

2C: Academic Network Conference: Firms and corporate political activities

13:45 - 14:45

Xavier Giroud

Lisa Hayles

Brayden G. King

Pedros Matos

Dylan Minor

Emma Pullman

Eyub Yegen

This session will present the following papers:

•  Investing in Influence: Investors, Portfolio Firms, and Political Giving
•  Do Socially Responsible Firms Pay Taxes? CSR and Effective Tax Rates

For more information visit the dedicated Academic Network Conference page.

Xavier Giroud, Columbia University, NBER and CEPR
Lisa Hayles, Director, International Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
Brayden G. King, Northwestern University
Dylan Minor, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs and The Brandmeyer Fellow for Impact and Sustainable Investing, UCLA
Emma Pullman, Head of Capital Stewardship, B.C. General Employees’ Union (BCGEU)
Eyub Yegen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Moderator: Pedros Matos, Professor and Academic Director, University of Virginia Mayo Center for Asset Management

2D: Bridging the ESG skills gap

13:45 - 14:45

Hanna Edstroem

Xinting Jia

Natalia Rajewska

Maria Clara Rendon

Anthony Roberts

Yuxia Zou

This session will explore the importance of internal ESG training in helping organisations to realise the benefits of responsible investment strategies. As well as drawing on the latest research, it will present case studies on how investors have used the PRI’s online investor education resource, PRI Academy, to drive ESG fluency across their organisations.

Hanna Edstroem, Head ESG Liquid Markets, LGT Capital Partners
Natalia Rajewska, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Nikko Asset Management
Maria Clara Rendon, Director, Responsible Investing, University Pension Plan Ontario
Xinting Jia, ESG Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
Yuxia Zou, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Research Fellow, PRI

Moderator: Anthony Roberts, Director, Investor Education, PRI

2E: Investor duties and sustainability goals

13:45 - 14:45

Rick Alexander

Eva Halvarsson

Satoshi Ikeda

Will Martindale

Wendy J. Miles

Following the results of the PRI in a Changing World consultation – which uncovered a clear interest in sustainability outcomes amongst responsible investors – this session will provide an update on the PRI’s flagship Legal Framework for Impact project. Through an interactive discussion session, we will explore the remaining barriers to investing for sustainability outcomes and the policy reforms needed to overcome them.

Eva Halvarsson, CEO, Andra AP-fonden (AP2)
Satoshi Ikeda, Chief Sustainable Finance Officer, Financial Services Agency of Japan
Will Martindale, Co-founder and Managing Director, Canbury
Wendy J. Miles, Barrister, Twenty Essex

Moderator: Rick Alexander, CEO, The Shareholder Commons

2F: Nature stewardship: navigating the ecosystem

13:45 - 14:45

Monica Bae

Laura Bosch Ferreté

Max Boucher

Paul Chandler

Nina Roth

Tim Steinweg

Peter Taylor

Dai Yamawaki

Monica Bae, Director, Investor Practice, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC)
Laura Bosch Ferreté, Sustainable Investing Specialist, Robeco
Max Boucher, Senior R&E Manager, Biodiversity and Oceans, FAIRR Initiative
Paul Chandler, Director, Stewardship, PRI
Nina Roth, Head of Active Ownership, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Peter Taylor, Corporate Programme Director, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
Dai Yamawaki, ESG Investment Manager, Nomura Asset Management

Moderator: Tim Steinweg, Head, Nature, PRI

14:45 - 15:15

14:45 - 15:15

15:15 - 16:15

15:15 - 16:15

3A: Sovereign bond and policy engagement

15:15 - 16:15

Tom Arup

Reina Berlien

Thomas Dillon

Claudia Gollmeier

Anna Hughes

Investors are increasingly recognising the need to engage with governments and debt issuers as part of their stewardship strategies. But the practicalities of identifying the best tactics, messages and targets for sovereign engagement are complex. This session details notable efforts to engage with governments and explores the foothold sovereign debt investment can give investors to create meaningful, long-term dialogue with sovereign entities.

Reina Berlien, Head of ESG, Brandywine Global
Thomas Dillon, Head of Sovereign ESG, Aviva Investors
Claudia Gollmeier, Managing Director & Senior Investment Officer, Colchester Global Investors
Anna Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Office of Financial Management

Moderator: Tom Arup, Lead, Sovereign Engagement, PRI

3B: Navigating investor disclosure frameworks

15:15 - 16:15

Jonathan Bailey

Cecilia Chan

Claudia Kruse

Christine Kung

Sacha Sadan

Sonali Siriwardena

Disclosure requirements for investors have increased significantly, with growth in mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements globally. This session will help delegates navigate the increasingly complex disclosure landscape and ensure disclosures are meaningful for the investment chain.

Jonathan Bailey, Head of ESG, Neuberger Berman
Cecilia Chan, Chief Investment Officer, Asia-Pacific, HSBC Asset Management
Claudia Kruse, Managing Director, Global Responsible Investment & Governance, APG
Christine Kung, Senior Director, Head of International Affairs and Sustainable Finance, Securities and Futures Commission
Sacha Sadan, Director of ESG, Financial Conduct Authority

Moderator: Sonali Siriwardena, Global Head of ESG, Simmons & Simmons 

3C: Academic Network Conference: Diversity, equity and inclusiveness

15:15 - 16:15

Shaun Davies

Caroline Flammer

Kaoru Kobu

Kai Li

Yumiko Murakami

Yupana Wiwattanakantang

Ayako Yasuda

This session will present the following papers:

•  Empowering Women by Index Membership: Evidence from a Unique Experiment from Japan
•  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For more information visit the dedicated Academic Network Conference page.

Shaun Davies, Associate Professor of Finance and Research Director of the Burridge Center for Finance, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder

Caroline Flammer, Columbia University, NBER, and ECGI
Kaoru Kobu, Head of ESG Japan, Invesco Asset Management
Kai Li, University of British Columbia, and ECGI
Yumiko Murakami, General Partner, MPower Partners Fund
Yupana Wiwattanakantang, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore and ECGI

Session Chair: Ayako Yasuda, UC Davis

3D: Recognising variety in PRI signatories: introduction to Progression Pathways*

15:15 - 16:15

Nathan Fabian

Emmet McNamee

Rebeca Minguela

Renosi Mokate

Tycho Sneyers

Laetitia Tankwe

The PRI is developing a range of Progression Pathways in recognition of the wide variety of contexts and approaches with which our signatories operate, enabling investors to benchmark themselves more effectively against the most relevant peer group. This interactive workshop will give delegates the opportunity to have their say on what these Progression Pathways should look like.

Emmet McNamee, Head, Progression and Innovation, PRI
Renosi Mokate, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF)
Rebeca Minguela, CEO, Clarity AI
Tycho Sneyers, Managing Partner, LGT Capital Partners
Laetitia Tankwe, Trustee, CFDT

Moderator: Nathan Fabian, Chief Sustainable Systems Officer, PRI

3E: Collaborative engagement as an investor tool: understanding and navigating the current regulatory environment

15:15 - 16:15

Denise Hearn

Greg Hershman

Akira Matsui

Tim Wilkins

The first half of this session will give delegates practical guidance on navigating the legal implications of collaborative engagement, dispelling myths and highlighting areas for potential concern.

​The second part will discuss the legal reforms required to make collaboration more effective, and the action that investors can take to expedite change.

Denise Hearn, Senior Fellow, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Akira Matsui, Deputy Director, Corporate Accounting and Disclosure Division, Policy and Markets Bureau, Financial Services Agency
Tim Wilkins, Global Partner for Client Sustainability, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Moderator: Greg Hershman, Head, US Policy, PRI

3F: How can investors assess and manage physical climate risk and support climate adaptation and resilience?

15:15 - 16:15

Bruce Chong

Keiden Kintol

Bertrand Millot

Yasutoshi Miyamoto

Regan Smith

Simon Whistler

According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments, the world will face severe climate risks before the end of this century even under low-emission scenarios. A failure to deliver timely and deep emission cuts is escalating the physical risks associated with the climate crisis. This necessitates ambitious, accelerated action to adapt to climate change. Drawing on examples from real assets, this session will explore the latest insights on how investors can assess and manage physical climate risk and resilience across their portfolios.

Bruce Chong, Director, Arup
Keiden Kintol, Head of ESG, Republic of Palau
Bertrand Millot, Head of Sustainability, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
Yasutoshi Miyamoto, General Manager, ESG Investment Strategy Organisation, Nippon Life Insurance Company
Regan Smith, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Investing Real Estate Equity and Infrastructure, Manulife Investment Management
Simon Whistler, Head, Real Assets, PRI

16:30 - 17:10

16:30 - 17:10

Plenary: Understanding the ESG backlash

16:30 - 17:10

This session will explore the arguments against responsible investment, how they have arisen and how investors can respond to them. The session will be focused on understanding the nature and scope of the challenges in order to prevent them from becoming an impediment to progress.

 Nathan Fabian, Chief Sustainable Systems Officer, PRI
Sharon Hendricks, Board Member, CalSTRS
Gabriel Wilson-Otto, Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy, Fidelity International

Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillet, Journalist, Senior Associate, Public & Third Sector Academy for Sustainable Finance, University of Oxford

17:10 - 17:30

17:10 - 17:30

Keynote address

17:10 - 17:30

Yuriko Koike

Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo

17:30 - 19:00

17:30 - 19:00

Drinks reception in the exhibition hall

17:30 - 19:00

Japanese wines from the Chateau Mercian Winery in Nagano Prefecture - winner of the Best Vineyard in Asia trophy at the 2023 World's Best Vineyards awards - will be served.


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